Self Directed Support

The way that people access social care and support is changing to provide increased independence, greater choice and the ability to direct your own support.

New laws mean that services have to be flexible and tailored to individuals’ needs. People have more choice and control in how their services are designed and receive support that is most suited to them.

Individuals can choose how the money they are allocated to provide them with services is spent through Self-Directed Support.

People will be able to decide how their own budget is used to achieve their agreed outcomes. They will be able to choose how their support is provided by giving them as much ongoing control as they want over how their budget is spent.

Scottish Goverment legislation places a duty on Councils to offer and promote Self-Directed Support options. There are four options for people receiving services through Self-Directed Support:

  • a direct payment for the individual to arrange their own care and support;
  • the person chooses who they want to provide the support they want and the Council then arranges the care for the person. This is called an Individual Service Fund. The Council is currently working on a framework to enable the full implementation of this option and anticipate that this will be available in the near future;
  • Council arranged services;
  • a combination of the above options.