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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02141: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to address the variation in the uptake of self-directed support between people with physical and learning impairments that was recorded in the July 2016 report, Self-directed Support, Scotland, 2014-15.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 12 September 2016

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) Act 2013 introduces 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 has opened up support to all individuals requiring social care support.

Of the uptake of self-directed support by client group included in the report, 32% of people have physical difficulties and 10% have learning difficulties, which is in line with the Social Care Survey 2015 as a whole.

Through the Self-directed Support Support in the Right Direction Fund, 13 projects are receiving over £1 million during 2016-2017 to provide support and information to people with learning disabilities.