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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16025: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides local authorities to ensure that they do not commission 15-minute personal care visits.

Answered by: Shona Robison 10 May 2018

Everyone in Scotland who requires care is entitled to receive a high quality service that is focused on their outcomes. We are supporting local authorities and Health and Social Care Partnerships in moving away from 'time and task' care towards outcomes-based support plans.

There are some circumstances where short visits are appropriate, such as providing medication prompts, and these should be in line with delivering for people's outcomes.

In 2018-19 an additional £66 million, compared to 2017-18, is included in the local government settlement allocations to support social care.

This will take the Scottish Government’s overall package of additional direct investment in social care and integration to over £550 million in 2018-19.