CIPFA finds no case for new legislation


Responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the integration of Adult Health & Social Care in Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) suggests that the case for the proposed new legislation has not been made.

CIPFA found no evidence to suggest that the existing legislation has been tested or that it is deficient.   CIPFA did find evidence indicating that existing legislation could deliver the expected changes and concluded that the case for new legislation has not been made.

The consultation paper’s main proposal is to achieve better outcomes through integrated working between local government and health bodies. CIPFA says however that the evidence suggests that empowering local leadership would be a stronger instrument of change than the development of further legislation.

Financial integration is also an aim of the Government’s proposals as a basis for ensuring the best outcome for the individual. However CIPFA’s response points to reports from a number of sources that there is no evidence of financial integration improving health outcomes.

CIPFA goes on to cite further research which suggests that integration needs to begin with a collaborative approach between agencies and that attempts to impose integration in a top down manner has been less successful.

Angela Scott, Head of CIPFA Scotland, commented,

“The available evidence indicates that strong leadership, rather than new legislation is the best way of achieving improved outcomes through integrated working.  Until an effective review of the existing legislation is undertaken we see no case for further primary legislation”.


Contact: Tim Windle

CIPFA Press Office

t 0207 543 5787


Notes to Editors:

  • Download CIPFA's consultation response.
  • The evidence referred to in the response and this press release includes publications from: The Scottish Government, The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services, Audit Scotland and the Audit Commission.


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