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Bills and Laws

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill

The Bill establishes the National Care Service.

The Bill allows Scottish Ministers to transfer social care responsibility from local authorities to a new, national service. This could include adult and children’s services, as well as areas such as justice social work. Scottish Ministers will also be able to transfer healthcare functions from the NHS to the National Care Service.

The Bill was introduced on 20 June 2022



The Scottish Government introduces the Bill and accompanying documents to the Parliament which publishes the Bill.

The Bill was introduced on 20 June 2022

Bill as introduced

Related information form the Scottish Government on the bill

Explanatory Notes

Explanation of the Bill

Policy Memorandum

Why the Bill is being introduced

Financial Memorandum

How much the Bill is likely to cost

Delegated Powers Memorandum

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill delegated powers memorandum [accessible version to follow]

Information on the powers the Bill gives the Scottish Ministers and others to make “secondary legislation” (usually regulations) and to the Scottish Ministers (such as to make guidance).

Statements on Legislative Competence

Statements on whether the Bill is within the Parliament’s “legislative competence” (if the Parliament has the power to make the changes to the law proposed by the Bill).

Scottish Parliament research on the Bill

Read the research done by the Scottish Parliament on specific parts of the Bill:

The research briefing will be published when available.