Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-directed support: guidance - 11 March 2022

Version 4 of guidance on self-directed support during the coronavirus pandemic published on 11 March 2022.

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Summary of Changes


May 2020


July 2020

Updated to take into account ongoing changes of the pandemic


11 February 2022

Updated to include the Self-direct Support Framework of Standards and the ongoing changes of the pandemic

  • Guidance name change
  • Guidance covers SDS Options 1, 2 and 4
  • Inclusion of the SDS Framework of Standards
  • Maximising flexibility of budgets
  • Enabling worker autonomy
  • People at high risk
  • Employment of family and friends as Personal Assistants
  • Social Care Staff Support Fund
  • Death in Service
  • Personal Assistants Employers Handbook
  • Self Isolation


11 March 2022

  • Updated to incorporate the use of the existing powers found in section 12A(5) of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968. This allows local authorities to provide or arrange for the provision of support without the need for a prior assessment where a local authority considers that the need for services is a matter of urgency.
  • Minimum rates of pay for Personal Assistants employed in the delivery of adult social care



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