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Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014

Section 46 – Revised integration scheme

124.This section sets out the process for varying the integration scheme after the local authority and Health Board decide, following a review, that changes to the scheme are necessary or desirable.

125.Any changes must be made jointly by the local authority and the Health Board and are to be achieved by the preparation of a revised integration scheme.

126.Subsection (3) establishes the scope of the changes that may be made to the integration scheme. A revised integration scheme may include further functions that are to be delegated, set out functions that are no longer to be delegated, amend the functions that are to be carried out in conjunction with the delegated functions when delegating to a Health Board only or a local authority only or to both, make adjustments to the method of determining payments as mentioned in section 1(3)(d) and/or 1(3)(e) and change or remove any information included within the integration scheme by virtue of section 1(3)(f).

127.Subsections (4) and (5) oblige the Health Board and the local authority to consult with persons or groups of persons the Scottish Ministers may prescribe and other persons as they think fit, and take account of their views.

128.Section 46(6) provides that the revised integration scheme must be submitted for approval by the Scottish Ministers.

129.Subsection (7) obliges the Scottish Ministers to set a date that a revised integration scheme takes effect. Subsection (8) requires the Health Board and the local authority to publish a revised scheme as soon as is practicable after the date on which it takes effect.

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