Self Directed Support

Where people have choice and control over their support arrangements.

Improving Outcomes For Citizens

The Scottish Government has defined self directed support as being about improving outcomes for citizens, by providing choice, control and independence, through safe, sustainable and economically viable responses to support planning.


More Flexibility, Choice And Control

In North Lanarkshire, it was identified that traditional approaches to arranging support for people often struggled to meet the needs and wishes of large numbers of people. Self directed support enables people to have more flexibility, choice and control over their support and they are involved in planning their own support from the earliest stage.

Under this approach, people are allocated an individual budget which is used to fund their support arrangements. This budget can be used in a variety of ways:

  • as a direct payment
  • as an individual service fund with a provider organisation
  • by being supported directly by North Lanarkshire Council
  • People can choose to have a combination of these options.

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