Councillor Peter Johnston COSLA’s Health and Wellbeing Spokesperson said: “Self-directed Support represents a monumental change to the way social care services are designed and delivered, and this is a change which cannot be delivered overnight. The most recent Scottish Government statistical publication acknowledges this, stating that SDS will take many years to fully embed. It’s therefore important to be clear that the publication draws on data that is almost three years old, and which relates to just the second year of SDS implementation. Moreover, the report makes it clear that the data is under development, stating that data collection systems and quality assurance processes are still being developed and that the statistics presented should not be considered as official statistics. It’s fair to say then that the report should be read with a fair degree of caution.

“That’s not to say that authorities are in any way complacent. The scale of system and cultural change that SDS requires means authorities are having to make changes to finance, IT and commissioning systems and continue to run more traditional services for those who still want them, while at the same time shifting to personal budgets and more innovative forms of support. This results in dual running costs over a number of years, yet Scottish Government transformation funding to local government was cut from £25 million in the first year of implementation, to just £3.5 million in year two onwards. This is against a backdrop of further reductions to local government funding, which create pressure across other local government services that are key to building resilient communities in to the future. 

“This undoubtedly impacts on authorities’ ability to deliver major transformational service change, yet councils, Integration Authorities, and their partners are working together to successfully deliver high-quality care and support services, with the 2015/16 National Health and Care experience Survey finding that 81 per cent of people receiving social care rated it as excellent or good."

(Health and Care Experiences Survey 2015/16, Scottish Government, May 2016. )

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Wed, 12/07/2017 - 16:00