Social Care Inquiry


About the Inquiry


Following closures of residential care facilities and general funding issues with independent, voluntary and council run facilities, the Health and Sport Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into social care for adults over 18 years. 

We want to explore the future delivery of social care in Scotland and what is required to meet future needs. 

We held an event, Scotland 2030: A Sustainable Future for Social Care for Older People, on 16 November 2018, in collaboration with Scotland’s Futures Forum, to consider the future of social care for older people in Scotland. The event considered the general proposition of how social care would look (and be financed) in 2030.

The Scottish Government Adult Social Care Reform Programme is currently working to reform social care in Scotland. This inquiry will not focus on replicating that work, it will instead explore the future delivery of social care in Scotland and what is required to meet future needs.  The Scottish Government has been working with Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), people with lived experience, unpaid carers and other stakeholders to develop a national programme to support reform of adult social care.

The national programme, launched in June 2019, is intended to:

• Support integration authorities, the wider sector, and communities in planning and taking forward changes.
• Advise Scottish Ministers if national changes or interventions are required.
• Raise awareness of the role of social care support in Scotland and its social and economic value.

More information is available on the Scottish Government website - Reforming adult social care support.


Following the call for views there will be a series of evidence sessions beginning in April 2020. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport will also attend to give evidence.


What are the key questions in the call for views?

Experiences of social care in Scotland

We are seeking views from people with lived experience of receiving adult social care or being a carer for someone receiving care. We would like to hear:

1. Your story and experience of social care in Scotland
2. What you would change about your experience of social care?

The future delivery of social care in Scotland

We are keen to receive responses to the following questions:

1. How should the public be involved in planning their own and their community’s social care services?
2. How should Integration Joint Boards commission and procure social care to ensure it is person-centred?
3. Looking ahead, what are the essential elements in an ideal model of social care (e.g. workforce, technology, housing etc.)?
4. What needs to happen to ensure the equitable provision of social care across the country?

The call for views will be open until Thursday 20 February 2020.

How to submit your views

The Scottish Parliament and its Committees value diversity and seek to work towards committee witnesses being broadly representative of Scotland’s society. As such we encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence If you need advice, please contact the Clerks on the email address: [email protected]

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee.  This tells you about how we process your personal data.  If you are under 12 years of age, please read this privacy notice.

Please use this link to submit your views through Citizen Space

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language.  

You may also send a hard copy written submission. If you are sending a hard copy submission, please send them to: 

Health and Sport
Room T3.40
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP 

[email protected]
0131 348 5224


The call for views is also available in an easy read version.

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