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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 is at Stage 1


Contents


Stage 1 - General principles

Committees examine the Bill and gather views. They produce reports before MSPs debate the Bill in the Chamber. MSPs then decide on the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

The Bill is at Stage 1

Committee Examination

The lead committee for this Bill is the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Find out more about this committee

Submit your views 

The Call for Views closed on 2 September. 

Detailed submissions were made through our survey.

View the published responses

Brief comments on the Bill could be made on our engagement website.

View the engagement website

Timetable

The timetable that the committee followed while examining the Bill at Stage 1

Parliament agreed that Stage 1 of the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill be completed by 17 March 2023.
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Meeting on 25 October 2022
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Meeting on 1 November 2022
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Meeting on 8 November 2022
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Meeting on 15 November 2022
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Meeting on 22 November 2022
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Meeting on 29 November 2022
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Meeting on 5 December 2022
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Meeting on 13 December 2022
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Meeting on 20 December 2022
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Correspondence

The correspondence the Committee sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament.

NCS Bill Timing

Letter from the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland calling for a delay in the progress of the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill, 20 January 2023

Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care NCS follow up

Letter from the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care following their giving evidence on 20 December 2022, 19 January 2023

Argyll and Bute Chief Officers Group for Public Protection follow up

Letter from the Argyll and Bute Chief Officers Group for Public Protection after being unable to give evidence on 13 December 2022, 16 January 2023

Read all the correspondence received on this Bill

Work by other committees

Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Evidence session on 10 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Evidence session on 17 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)

Education, Children and Young People Committee

Evidence session on 9 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Evidence session on 16 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Evidence session on 23 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Meeting on 7 December 2022
Meeting on 14 December 2022

Report published on 19 December 2022

Criminal Justice Committee

Meeting on 21 September 2022
Meeting on 9 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Evidence session on 23 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Evidence session on 21 December 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Meeting on 25 January 2023

Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee

Meeting on 4 October 2022
Evidence session on 8 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Evidence session on 15 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Meeting on 22 November 2022
Evidence session on 29 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Meeting on 13 December 2022

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Meeting on 1 November 2022
Meeting on 29 November 2022
Evidence session on 10 January 2023 (Read the Official Report)
Meeting on 24 January 2023
Meeting on 31 January 2023

Report published on 3 February 2023

Finance and Public Administration Committee

Scrutiny of Financial Memorandum

Evidence Session on 25 October 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Evidence session on 1 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Evidence session on 8 November 2022 (Read the Official Report)
Meeting on 15 November 2022
Meeting on 29 November 2022

Report on the Financial Memorandum published on 1 December 2022

Committee report

The lead committee will publish it's report before the Stage 1 debate takes place. 

Responses to the report will be published when available.