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Independent information and support services funded by the Scottish Government: review findings

Published: 27 Feb 2018
Social Security Directorate
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Findings from a commissioned review of independent information and support services in relation to self-directed support for social care, in 2017.

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Independent information and support services funded by the Scottish Government: review findings

87 page PDF

1.2 MB



2. Further detail on Local Authorities’ duties is set out in the Statutory Guidance to accompany the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013. The relevant section of the Guidance can be found at:

3. There was one project with which it was not possible to arrange an interview.

4. A range of materials relating to the first funding tranche can be found on the Evaluation Support Scotland website at:

5. A further £8.6 million has been made available through the Innovation Fund, with 18 projects receiving a share of £1.2 million in 2017/18.

6. A series of Inspiring Scotland SIRD Progress reports is available at.

7. This analysis is taken from monitoring data provided by Inspiring Scotland for 2015/16 and 2016/17.

8. Please note that information about the three Innovation Fund projects developing information and support is included in Figure 2.

9. People were asked to identify all the types of information or support they were looking for and could select as many options as applied to them.

10. Also see: Evaluation Support Scotland (2015a).

11. The Audit Scotland (2017) report highlighted that everyone assessed or reviewed as being eligible for social care can expect their social worker to discuss and agree with them a range of issues including how much money the authority will spend on their services.

12. Please note that these payroll services were not SIRD funded but were otherwise being run by the project or their host organisation.

13. The Audit Scotland report also identified that different groups of people receiving social care services are experiencing different levels of choice and control. The groups they identified as possibly being affected included: people who do not have carers, personal assistants or friends and family to support them; people aged 85 and over; and people with mental health problems.