Independent Living in Scotland
There is a specific definition of Independent Living that is used in Scotland. This is incorporated into the Self-directed Support Legislation and Statutory Guidance and underpins the delivery of social care support in Scotland.
Self-directed Support: Statement of Intent
The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 and Statutory Guidance, is based on a clear and agreed definition of Independent Living.
‘Independent living means people of all ages having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work, and in the community. It does not mean living by yourself, or fending for yourself. It means having rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.
This is the definition of independent living adopted in the strategic approach to independent living, by the Scottish Government, COSLA, the NHS and the Disabled People’s Independent Living Movement.
Without care and support and the opportunity to direct their support, many people would not be able to participate in society and live an ordinary life. They would not be able to live free from discrimination and harassment as promoted by the Equality Act 2010, to enjoy their human rights nor contribute to a wealthier and fairer, healthier, safer and stronger, smarter and greener Scotland.
Self-directed Support, alongside many other policies, is intended to support, promote and protect the human rights and independent living of care and support users in Scotland. It aims to ensure that care and support is delivered in a way that supports choice and control over one’s own life and which respects the person’s right to participate in society.
Personal Assistants (PAs) therefore, are supporting people’s independent living on a daily basis.
Further information on independent living can be found in the resources below.