The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 was passed in 2013 and the duties came into force in 2014.

The Act places a duty on local authorities to offer people the 4 self-directed support options. The options allow the supported person to decide how much control they want to have over both their support and the budget.

The Act contains some other duties and powers, including duties on authorities to give people information to help them make informed choices about their support, and a duty on authorities to promote a variety of support providers in their area for people to choose from.

The Act is accompanied by statutory guidance and regulations and is supported by a set of best practice guidance for practitioners and carers and a guide to SDS for supported people. A guide for providers will follow in March 2015.

Read P&P briefing on the SDS Act:  SDS Act guide Feb 2014 – Post commencement FINAL

Read P&P briefing on Guide to SDS Act and how it applies to different groups and services 2017