Date lodged: 27 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it is aware of any challenges by local authorities to the Statutory guidance to accompany the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 20 July 2016
The Social Care (Self-directed Support) Act 2013 is founded on the principles of dignity, empowerment and collaboration. It places firm duties on local authorities to offer a range of options for how social care support is delivered and to give individuals the support and information required to enable them to make informed choices.
Since 2011 the Scottish Government has invested £28.5 million in local authorities to support system and culture change, with a further £3.52 million committed for the financial year 2016-17. We continue to work with local authorities directly and through COSLA to support them to implement self-directed support in line with the legislation and in the spirit of the guidance.