Social care

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At their best, social care services (social work services in Scotland) help people to live fuller, more rewarding lives, providing support when it is needed, and enabling people to exercise choice.

But it’s not always easy to access support in a way that suits each person and their individual circumstances.

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There are many types of support available from local authorities - the choice will depend on what you need and your personal preferences. 

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Unlike health services, social care services are not free. If you are found eligible for support after an assessment, your local authority will do a financial assessment to determine how much you will need to contribute.

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There are many types of support available from local authorities - the choice will depend on what you need and your personal preferences.

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There may be times when you are not happy with the decisions made by social care services, whether around the amount of help they are prepared to offer you, or about how the service is being provided.

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