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.
Implementation plan 2019-2021
We engaged extensively with stakeholders to gather evidence for the development of a refreshed Implementation Plan for Self-Directed Support (2019-2021). This replaces the existing Implementation Plan which covered the period 2016-2018. It forms a central part of the wider reform programme for adult social care support that is being developed with people who use and work in social care support, unpaid carers, COSLA, and organisations from across the sector. The refreshed implementation plan was launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, on 12 June 2019. The plan can be found at the link below.
The plan has a change map. This map is there to help the local planning and delivery of social care support services. There is a link to part of the change map in Easy Read below. This is the part that is about people having choice and control over their social care and support. Thanks to the SDS Blether Group in Helensburgh for helping us with this.
We are working on an Easy Read version of the whole plan and a link to it will be here soon.
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 below.