Scotland Health and social care

What role for local government in Scotland’s National Care Service?


Adult social care is one of the most significant short-term and long-term pressures on councils in Scotland and it is obvious that there is a serious problem with how we provide social care in Scotland and across the UK.

It is clear that something has to change. What is less clear however is whether a National Care Service, as proposed by the Scottish government, is the right change.

This new report from the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre, produced by our partners at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Care speaks powerfully to the many known concerns about adult care and also to the relationship between local and central government, council capacity and organisational change.

Based on conversations with senior decision makers among LGIU Scotland’s membership, as well as other experts in the sector this research explores this issue from the local authority perspective.