Publication: Social care briefing

by Auditor General, Accounts Commission

Urgent action needed to address critical issues in delivery of social care services.

Action is needed now to change how Scotland’s social care services are delivered so that it meets the needs, and improves the experience of, people relying on care and support.

Please note that paragraph 24 and exhibit 2 of this report have been updated post publication to reflect a revision to overall expenditure.

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Commission Chair William Moyes provides an overview of the key messages from our joint Social care briefing with the Auditor General for Scotland.

A transcript of this video is available to download with other files on this page.


The social care workforce has high vacancy rates with many services facing recruitment problems.
Social care workforce
 Of the £5.3 billion spent on social care in 2019/20, £4 billion (77 per cent) was spent on adult social care.
Social care expenditure in Scotland, 2019/20
Timeline for social care reform

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