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The below information is from

The definitive guide to the social security system, and an essential resource for all advisers who are serious about giving the best and most accurate advice to their clients.


The book provides comprehensive information about entitlement to all benefits, together with full details on the rules about work, work-related responsibilities and the work capability assessment, the income and capital rules, benefit sanctions, the ‘bedroom tax’, overpayments, fraud, and how to challenge decisions. The Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook provides comprehensive advice about entitlement in 2019/20.

It has been newly restructured, making it easier to use, and refocused to bring universal credit to the fore.

The above information is from

Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013


1. What is Self-directed Support?

Self-directed Support is Scotland’s mainstream approach to social care. Self-Directed Support (SDS) puts the person at the centre of the support planning process. It enables people, carers and families to make informed choices about what their social care support is and how it is delivered.

It’s not an add on or a separate way of doing things, since the 2014 Act it is the legal way in which all social care must be delivered. What Self-directed Support does is ensure that people who are eligible for support are given the choice and control over how their individual budget is arranged and delivered to meet their agreed health and social care outcomes.

2. Who can access SDS?

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