Councils to share accountability for services.
The Scottish Government has reached an initial agreement with local government and the NHS about accountability arrangements for the National Care Service (NCS).
The agreement aims to establish who will be responsible for people’s care once the NCS is established. Overall legal accountability will be shared between Scottish Government, the NHS and local government. Staff will continue to be employed by local authorities, and councils will still be responsible for assets like buildings and the delivery of services.
New governance arrangements will be introduced to ensure consistently high levels of service across the country, while building the flexibility to meet varying community needs at a local level.
The consensus follows the Verity House agreement on closer cooperation between Scottish Government and local government signed last month
Discussions have also recently begun with the trade unions and two of this summer’s NCS regional co-design events have taken place, with seven in-person and five digital events still to run.