The Scottish government has pledged to provide £20 million in funding to help redesign services for people with complex needs.
The announcement of the ‘Community Living Change Fund’ comes in response to the release of an independent review of adult social care, which calls for the creation of a National Care Service.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman (pictured) has accepted the findings of the review, and said the Scottish Government is working to implement key recommendations.
Speaking in a debate on the review, Freeman set out a number of measures in response, including the £20 million fund to redesign services for people with complex needs including intellectual disabilities and autism, and for people who have enduring mental health problems.
She said this will address some of the issues raised by the 2018 Coming Home report, about the need to avoid out of area placements and delayed discharge for people with learning disabilities and complex needs.
Freeman added that she accepted the principle of introducing a National Care Service, but would continue to talk to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) about how to address its concerns.
She commented: “The independent review of social care gives us a clear roadmap for the future of care provision in Scotland and we believe in the recommendations in this report.
“There is immediate action that can be taken now to secure improvement. I am pleased to announce a new Community Living Change Fund of £20 million. We will work with local partners as quickly as practicable to end all charges for non-residential care.
“The report also recognises and highlights the critical and invaluable support that the social care workforce provide to people all over Scotland. We are looking to establish a new sector-level body to ensure an effective voice for the whole of the social care workforce to enable them to respond to local conditions and address matters of importance, and support an effective collective bargaining role in the sector.”