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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16613: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the seed funding for the service having ceased, how it will support the One Stop Shop initiative in providing support for people with autism and their families.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 23 May 2018

The one stop shop model was initially funded by the Scottish Government from the Scottish Strategy for Autism as a pilot to ensure autistic people received the support they needed following an autism assessment. There was an expectation that the six one stop shops would be embedded in local strategic delivery plans and become sustainable in each locality by the end of government funding. The remaining four One Stop Shops provide essential early intervention pre and post diagnostic support to autistic adults, children and their families and the services are valued however, the Scottish Government cannot continue to provide funding for local services.

Integration Authorities (IA) are responsible for the strategic planning and decision making for all services delegated to them, including services for autistic people, in line with their statutory obligations and Scottish Government policy. This means they are responsible for the delivery of local services and for the implementation of local autism strategies and action plans.