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GDA’s response to the National Care Service (Scotland Bill) is the result of a series of events and discussions with GDA’s Social Care Expert Group, meeting online and in person, over a number of months. This response also draws on GDA’s significant experience of dialogue with disabled people over two decades, including members representing the views and experiences of younger disabled people, Black, Asian and minority ethnic disabled people and LGBT disabled people.

The response outlines GDA’s position that the NCS must be shaped to respond to people and communities who need and use social care services.

The Bill, future amendments and the service created must also be built on rights – both human rights and the rights to Independent Living enshrined in UNCRPD Article. These rights should be enforceable.

The success of the Bill and the National Care Service it seeks to create will be dependent on more detailed amendments that make specific commitments around the creation, implementation and delivery of the service on the ground by individuals, local care boards and accountability at a Scottish Ministerial level.

Fundamentally, we support a National Care Service and firmly believe that this must be done on a National basis. However, more legislative commitment is needed to create a human rights approach to social care as an investment in society.

You can read our full response here.

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