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Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014

Section 27: supplementary

73.This section makes supplementary provision in relation to the issuing of directions under section 26.

74.Subsection (1) provides that directions issued under section 26 must specify the amounts to be set aside in respect of large hospital functions and must, in any other case, set out payments (or the method of determining payments) to be made by the integration authority to the person to whom the function is delegated. It must also specify how such an amount, or payment, is to be used. Directions may regulate the way in which the function is to be carried out and may make ancillary provision.

75.Subsection (2) sets out particular matters which may be provided for in directions issued under section 26. This provides that integration authorities may use directions to require the provision of information to the integration authority, to take action to enable the integration authority to comply with any court order made against it in connection with a delegated function or reimburse the integration authority in relation to any liabilities incurred in connection with a delegated function.

76.Subsection (3) requires that the integration authority make such payments to the Health Board and local authority as are set out in directions given by it.

77.Subsection (4) provides that a person to whom a direction under section 26 is given must comply with the direction.

78.Subsection (5) provides that a direction may vary or revoke an earlier direction and that the direction must be given in writing.

79.Subsections (6), (7) and (8) provide for the situation in which a Health Board and local authority agree that an integration joint board should be enabled to deliver functions itself rather than by issuing directions to the Health Board and local authority. Subsection (6) provides that the Scottish Ministers may make an order to allow an integration joint board to decide not to give directions in respect of a specified delegated function. Subsection (7) sets out the conditions that apply to the exercise of this power. An order under (6) may be made only if an application is received from the Health Board and local authority, and if the Scottish Ministers consider that the order should be made to improve compliance with the national health and wellbeing outcomes. Subsection (8) allows the Scottish Ministers to exclude a particular function (or functions) from an order made under subsection (6) if they do not consider that the making of an order in respect of that function would improve compliance with the integration delivery principles or contribute to achieving the national health and wellbeing outcomes.

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