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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02140: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to further publicise option 1 of self-directed support.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 12 September 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. This includes the option of a direct payment. The Statutory Guidance that accompanies the Act states all options must be described in full.

Through the support in the Right Direction Fund the Scottish Government has invested £12.7 million since 2011 in third sector organisations to support people to set their personal outcomes and to make informed decisions about their social care support. This includes information on option one, direct payments, and support to manage direct payments if this is the chosen option. The current fund of £2.8 million per annum is currently supporting 34 organisations. In the six months between October 2015 and March 2016:

3,200 people were supported to access their existing community resources;

2,400 individuals received training and development support;

1,000 people received brokerage support;

950 people were helped to set up and manage their care packages;

800 people were helped to employ and manage personal assistants.

These 34 projects continue to receive a share of £2.8 million in 2016-17.