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National Guidance on Self-Directed Support



185. There are two means by which the Executive monitors whether local authorities are carrying out their duty to offer self-directed support to eligible people, and provide the support and training that they need.

186. Firstly, local authorities are required to fill in the quarterly statistical return DP1 of key monitoring information. National statistics which use this return are published annually in September on the Scottish Executive website 52. The survey asks for the value of packages and the number of clients on self-directed support, split by age, gender and client group. For the first time in 2005-06 it also asked about ethnicity, the contributors to the total care package, the weekly hours in the package, what the care is used for, and who delivers it for example whether by a service provider or a personal assistant ( PA) 53.

187. Qualitative indicators are also needed to assess local authority performance and their ability to provide the information and support to individuals that they need. This monitoring takes place through the Local Improvement Targets ( LITs) of the Joint Performance Information and Assessment Framework ( JPIAF). In particular it is an expectation that local authorities provide local support and training, both for direct payments recipients and PAs, and local authority staff involved in financing and delivering care locally. Further information on LITs and associated national outcomes for community care can be found on the Scottish Executive Joint Future website 54.