In 2013, the Scottish Parliament passed the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013. The Act gives people a range of options for how their social care is delivered, beyond just direct payments, empowering people to decide how much ongoing control and responsibility they want over their own support arrangements. The Act places a duty on council's to offer people four choices as to how they receive their social care support:
Option 1 - The council pays money directly to the person to arrange their own support by employing care staff or buying services from one or more organisations; usually called a 'direct payment'.
Option 2 - the council or an organisation holds the money but the person is in charge of how it is spent.
Option 3 - the person asks the council to choose and arrange the support that they think is right.
Option 4 - the person chooses a mix of these options for different types of support.