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New Updated Guidance from Scottish Government of SDS during Pandemic

Guidance reinforces need for increased flexibility for SDS during the Pandemic The Guidance covers both children and adult services. The aim of the Guidance is to: ‘. . . ensure supported people have flexibility of choice over how they manage their SDS budgets to meet their personal outcomes. This guidance also enables local authorities and […]

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Social Care: Scottish Government PVG Waiver

Social Care Workforce newstarts to benefit from Scottish Government PVG waiver When any new people start to work in social care in Scotland, they are likely to have to register with the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland. This is a way for  employers to check whether there is anything preventing a […]

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Funding for unpaid carers initiatives

The Scottish Government has announced a £4million funding package for unpaid carers, in recognition of the enormous role they play in supporting their loved ones, especially during the pandemic. The funding will be shared between organisations working with unpaid carers so they can expand their services and has been allocated as follows: £3million for local […]

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Personal Assistant pay uplift

On 5 October 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care announced a package of measures to support winter and system pressures in health and social care. This included a commitment to provide up to £48 million of Scottish Government funding to support a pay uplift for Adult Social Care workers. This funding is […]

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Supporting the role of Personal Assistants

SDSS and the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN) are working with the Scottish Government to understand how we can develop and support Personal Assistants (PAs) in Scotland. We’re looking for existing PAs and PA employers to share their knowledge, experience, and ideas to ensure that we get this right for everyone. Please join us […]

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Thousands of Personal Assistants receive thank you payment

Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) are proud to have been a part of the Scottish Government’s ‘thank you’ payment process for Personal Assistants (PAs), which delivered nearly 5,000 payments of up to £500 to PAs. Following months of planning with stakeholders, including Scottish Government, SDSS and payroll providers, on 30 June 2021, an online and […]

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Feedback from the PA workshops

Following the three Matter of Focus facilitated workshops for Personal Assistants (PAs) and employers, as part of the PA Programme Board, a feedback meeting will take place on Thursday 25 November. The meeting has been arranged to report on the outcome of the workshops and allow those who participated, and others who couldn’t attend, to […]

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National Care Service Consultation

Join our Members Consultation here. The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on a National Care Service, setting out their proposals to improve the way social care is delivered in Scotland. The consultation comes after the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland found that current structures have not fully delivered the improvements intended […]

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Carer’s Allowance Supplement

The Social Justice and Social Security Committee are asking for written views on the Carer’s Allowance Supplement Bill. The Bill provides for an increase in the amount of the carer’s allowance supplement for the period from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. Anyone who qualifies for this supplement will get the increased amount. The […]

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PA Bonus

A dedicated online and paper based application form, administered by Scotland Excel on behalf of the Scottish Government, launched on Wed 30 June 2021 to pay Personal Assistants who are eligible to receive their £500 payment for NHS and Social Care staff. The Scottish Government has worked with disabled people led organisations and payroll providers […]

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