East Lothian Council

Self-directed support (SDS)

What is self-directed support (SDS)?

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Information for adults and children and families receiving social work support

Self-directed support (SDS) is a new approach to social care support.  It enables people who are eligible to choose how they use their support and helps them to have more control.

The Scottish Parliament has passed a new law, the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013. 
SDS offers you four choices about  how much responsibility you want to take for your social care support arrangements:

  • you can receive money directly to spend on what you need (this is called a direct payment)
  • you decide and direct how you want to spend your budget but choose not to take responsibility for the financial management
  • East Lothian Council arranges your support for you
  • a mix of options 1, 2 and 3.

The Act also says that councils must also give people information to help them make an ‘informed choice’ in deciding how best to use their support.

For more info, see: 


East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.