Social Care Reform in Scotland : Context, Costs and Questions

Congreve, Emma and Cooper, Benjamin and Crummey, Ciara and Bucher, Pauline (2022) Social Care Reform in Scotland : Context, Costs and Questions. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. (

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Social Care, as defined by the Scottish Government, comprises "all forms of personal and practical support for children, young people and adults who need extra support. It describes services and other types of help, including care homes and supporting unpaid carers to help them continue in their caring role." For many people, this serves more as a statement of intent than the reality they face. The policy memorandum talks about a "gap between legislative intent and delivery that has been experienced historically in this area". The National Care Service (NCS) is the latest attempt to change this. This briefing note and accompanying annexes pull together analysis from a range of areas that the Fraser of Allander have been analysing over the past 6 months with funding from the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS).