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Social Care Bill debate 2

MSP Drew Smith closed the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill debate for the Labour party by saying that urgent changes in social care quality were needed, not just choice and control, but also dignity and fairness around Scotland to end the post code lottery.

Mr Smith said "post code charging should become a thing of the past"on 18 September 2012.

He said the final and most substantial concern was an enshrined right for advocacy.

The Labour MSP said it was imperative that needs assessments were done properly and with advocacy if required.

Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw said he welcomed and supported the general principles of the bill.

However he said there was an awful lot of detail in the bill and unless it is was properly understood and worked out there was "a capacity for us to trip over the information".

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said the bill was about "empowering people to be able to make a decision that best suits their needs" and was about giving people choice.

Mr Matheson said section eight of the bill made it a clear duty for local authorities to direct people to impartial advice and support in order to get assistance.

He also said he was more than happy to look at further things to enhance this.

MSPs unanimously agreed to support the general principles of the bill at decision time.

The first part of the debate can be viewed below:

Social Care Bill debate 1


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