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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

The lead committee published its stage 1 report on 22 February 2024.

The stage 1 debate will take place on 29 February 2024.

Submit your views 

The Call for Views closed on 2 September 2022. 

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

On 5 October 2022, Parliament agreed motion S6M-06200, that consideration of the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 17 March 2023.

On 8 March 2023, Parliament agreed motion S6M-08151, that consideration of the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 30 June 2023.

On 7 June 2023, Parliament agreed motion S6M-09362, that consideration of the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 31 January 2024.

On 17 January 2024, Parliament agreed motion S6M-11888, that consideration of the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 1 March 2024.

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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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Meeting on 9 May 2023
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Meeting on 3 October 2023
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Meeting on 24 October 2023
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Meeting on 31 October 2023
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Engagement

Other ways the committee heard views and experiences

The Committee commissioned research into international models of social care.

Correspondence

Committee correspondence sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill Financial Memorandum - Letter of 12 February 2024

Letter from the Director of Social Work Scotland and the Chief Officer of COSLA to the Convener of 12 February 2024

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill Financial Memorandum - Letter of 8 February 2024

Letter from the Convener to the Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport of 8 February 2024

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill Financial Memorandum - Letter of 23 January 2024

Letter from the Director of Social Work Scotland to the Convener of 23 January 2024

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
Meeting on 8 February 2023

Report sent to the lead committee on 10 February 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

Evidence session on 26 September 2023 (Read the Official Report)
Evidence session on 23 January 2024 (Read the Official Report)
Evidence session on 25 January 2024 (Read the Official Report)
Meeting on 30 January 2024

Committee report

The lead committee published its stage 1 report on 22 February 2024.

Stage 1 report on the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill

Responses to the report will be published when available.

  

Motion ref. S6M-12093

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution

  • Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 06 February 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-12093
  • Current status: Due to be taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 29 February 2024