Challenging Social Care Decisions in Scotland: A Legal Guide

The aim of this guide is to help explain when decisions made about social care can be challenged using the law; and how to go about doing it.

The need for this guide emerged from attempting to answer the simple questions: “is there a legal duty to provide social care; and is there a legal route for service users to enforce that duty?”

The basic answer is “Yes”. And legal action (or the threat of it) can be a powerful tool for individuals, their families and campaigners.

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