The Scottish Government believes everyone should be in control of their life. Some people need support to lead an independent life and advocacy to be empowered to make important decisions about their life.
In order to achieve this the Scottish Government introduced The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013. The Act came into force on April 1, 2014 and places a duty on local authority social work departments to offer people who are eligible for social care a range of choices over how they receive their support.
Self-directed Support allows people, their carers and their families to make informed choices on what their support looks like and how it is delivered, making it possible to meet agreed personal outcomes. The Scottish Government has invested almost £70M in transition to this new approach between 2011 and 2018.
Following extensive engagement with a full range of stakeholders, the Scottish Government, COSLA, Self Directed Support Scotland (network of disabled people’s organisations), Social Work Scotland, Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) and Scottish Care have worked together to produce a National Implementation Plan 2016-18. It seeks to focus activities of local and national partners around the key challenges that were raised during engagement activity.
The Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP, officially launched the plan on 1st December 2016.
Support in the Right Direction 2021 Funding
Scottish Government announced the successful applicants to the Support in the Right Direction 2021 (SiRD2021) programme on 27 June 2018. SIRD2021 will fund 31 projects delivering direct and local independent support across 31 local authority areas, to help people and carers make informed decisions and plans for their social care and work towards maximising their choice, control and flexibility over those arrangements.
From October 2018 to March 2021 over £7.2million will be invested in projects, who will work alongside relevant local authorities, to ensure that more people across Scotland who require social care are engaged, informed, included and empowered to make choices about their support. A full list of successful applicants to SiRD2021 can be found here - http://www.selfdirectedsupportscotland.org.uk/projects