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National Care Service (Scotland) Bill
Created: 21/06/2022, Updated: 23/06/2022
The Scottish Government has published the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill as the next stage to transfer social care responsibility from local authorities to a new national service. This could include adult and children’s services, as well as areas such as justice social work.
The Bill asserts that care or health services that are transferred to the new service could be delivered nationally or locally. New bodies called “care boards” would be responsible for delivering care locally.
The Scottish Government would need to consult with the public before transferring responsibilities relating to children’s services, justice or social work to the new service.
As well as establishing the National Care Service, the Bill makes other changes including:
allowing information to be shared between the National Care Service and the NHS;
introducing a right to breaks for carers; and
giving rights to people living in adult care homes to see the people important to them.