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Social Care Bill Amendments

During the final stages of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill on 28 November 2012, MSPs debated a range of amendments designed to strengthen the new legislation.

This legislation aims to give people more choice over their care needs will be considered for the final time at Holyrood.

It aims to ensure that people can live as independently as possible, enabling them to participate in their communities.

It will introduce a direct payment to fund alternatives to council run care.

As the MSPs debated the amendment, Labour's Neil Bibby sought to have included the principle that all councils must take a child centred approach. Liberal Democrat, Jim Hume MSP wanted to see a statutory duty on local authorities to support unpaid carers.

Responding to the proposals, public health minister Michael Matheson said he was not convinced that either amendment would actually strengthen the bill.

The minister however did announce new directions which will be issued to councils on access to carer's assessment, the first step for carer's to gain support.

Other amendments debated included ones on access to independent advocacy, regulation and whether there should be a duty on local authorities to promote a variety of providers and support.

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