Read the latest news on our work and wider social care policy in Scotland.

SDS National Voice 2024 A decade of learning


31 January 2024

Programme announced for SDS National Voice 2024 conference

We are pleased to announce the programme for this year’s SDS National Voice conference, taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 28 March. SDS National Voice is…


12 January 2024

SDSS response to post-legislative scrutiny of SDS Act

  The Scottish Parliament’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into how well the Self-directed Support legislation has worked since it came into force in…


11 January 2024

Research into SDS information for people with sensory impairments

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland are doing research into accessible information about Self-directed Support (SDS) for people with sensory impairments. They’d like to hear from any adult with…

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10 January 2024

Help shape the re-opening of the Independent Living Fund

The Scottish Independent Living Fund was created in 2015 following the closure of the UK Independent Living Fund, and is designed to support individuals who have complex disabilities to live…


18 December 2023

PA newsletter – December 2023

The latest edition of imPAct – the newsletter for Personal Assistants across Scotland, has been published.   You can read the latest edition here:   Sign up to receive…


6 December 2023

Latest developments in National Care Service

  The Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport, Maree Todd MSP, has given an update to the Scottish Parliament on the latest moves towards developing a National Care…


5 December 2023

PA Employers and Personal Assistants sought to shape work on wellbeing

A new project aimed at improving the wellbeing of Personal Assistants in Scotland is seeking PAs and PA Employers to join expert groups to guide the work. The project also…


22 November 2023

SDSS AGM 2023: round up

Our Annual General Meeting this year saw more than 80 people from our member organisations and across the sector get together to hear the latest updates on Self Directed Support,…

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20 November 2023

Next steps for national PA training framework

The development of a National Training Framework for Personal Assistants and their Employers has taken a step forward, with a survey now complete and its results informing the development of…


11 October 2023

New project will map the quality of Independent SDS Support in Scotland

SDS Scotland is undertaking a new piece of research to look into the quality of Independent Support in Scotland. Independent Support is provided by organisations across the country to help…


9 October 2023

Recommendations made on inspection and regulation in social care

An independent review looking at the inspection and regulation of social care in Scotland has published a report into its findings. The Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR)…


14 September 2023

Trial will test out new discount card for PAs

A pilot is to take place in Scotland to try out a new discount card for Personal Assistants. The Blue Sky Social Care Card was launched recently in England and…