Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill, which aims to enshrine in legislation the right of individuals to have choice and control over the social care services that they receive.
Self-directed support enables people who receive care to shape a care package that responds to their own needs and choices. It allows individuals to decide how much control they want to have in determining the services they receive.
Linda said “This legislation heralds a very significant change in the way people receive care in Scotland. It will put the values of citizens’ independence and choice at the heart of service planning and delivery, and make self-directed support the mainstream approach in social care.
“Although self-directed support has been with us in one form or another for a number of years, until now people have not always got the support they needed to help them negotiate their way through the process to the point of actually being able to choose the services that they want for themselves or the person they care for. Too many people who receive care are not even made aware that they have a right to self-directed support.
“This Bill will change that by placing a duty on local authorities to offer a range of self-directed support options. It aims to make self-directed support the norm rather than the exception for people receiving care, and give everyone who wants it control and choice over their own care.
“Self-directed support has the potential to transform lives, freeing individuals from restrictions imposed on them by a care package they did not choose, and handing them independent control over their own lives. I am delighted to welcome the publication of this legislation, and look forward to more people in Scotland being able to direct their own care.”