Changes to Social Care Management

Social care management has recently undergone radical change which impacts on carers and professionals alike.

The Social Care (Self Directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 came into force on 1st April 2014.  The key emphasis of the Act is on personalising care with the provision of support very much based around the person not the service, which is a significant change.

The Act aims to give people a range of options for how their social care is delivered, beyond just direct payments, empowering people to decide how much ongoing control and responsibility they want over their own support arrangements.

The Act requires local authorities to offer people four choices on how they can get their social care. The choices are:

  • Option 1 direct payment
  • Option 2 the person directs the available support
  • Option 3 the local authority arranges the support
  • Option 4 a mix of the above.

As the Act has now become law, this means that if you receive social care it is now up to you to decide how much control you want.

It is up to your local authority to give you your preferred choice.

The Act contains some other duties and powers, for example a power to authorities to support unpaid carers and duties on authorities to give you information to help you make an informed choice

For further information on Self-Directed Support, please go to:-

Self Directed Support Website -
Self Directed Support Guidance -
Self Directed Support Regulations -
Self Directed Support Guides for users, carers and practitioners -