COSLA comment on self-direct support

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Councils have been supportive of the self-directed support agenda and remain committed to making it work. SDS represents a significant shift in social care which can help empower those in need of care or support but these changes will not occur overnight.

“Local authorities have been tasked with delivering this transformational change against a backdrop of increasing demand for social care, coupled with tighter budgets – something Audit Scotland have recognised. The scale of system and cultural change that SDS requires means authorities are having to invest in changes to finance, IT and commissioning systems, and work with providers to support them to develop more innovative forms of support.
"At the same time councils must continue to support, protect and meet the needs of those who continue to prefer more traditional services. This all requires greater transformation capacity than has so far been made available. 

“Despite these challenges, the 2018 Scottish Government Health and Social Care Survey found that over 80% of people rated their social care services as excellent or good, showing that councils and their integration authority partners are continuing to deliver for our communities despite facing significant financial challenges.”

Article published: 
Fri, 18/05/2018 - 17:00