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Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020

Care services: giving of notices by the Care Inspectorate

141.Section 101 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (“the 2010 Act”) sets out how Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (otherwise known as the Care Inspectorate) is to give a notice to a person providing, or seeking to provide, a care service when required.

142.Paragraph 5 modifies section 101 of the 2010 Act during the emergency period (the period for which paragraph 5 is in force). It temporarily changes the law on giving notice by “personal service” in relation to corporate bodies, and on giving notice electronically. The law on giving notice by “personal service” in relation to individuals and firms, and on giving notice by post, remains the same.

143.Section 101(1)(a)(ii) and (2), as modified, enables the Care Inspectorate, when delivering a notice personally to a body corporate (for instance, following an on-site inspection), to serve it on a wider range of people, including a care home manager or a director, secretary or other similar officer of the body. Section 101(1)(c), as modified, also enables the Care Inspectorate to send formal notices to registered care service providers, and those seeking to provide a care service, by electronic means for the duration of the emergency period.

144.Section 101(3) and (4), as modified, sets out the practicalities of giving notice by post or electronic means to care service providers and those seeking to provide a care service, including when receipt of those notices is deemed to have taken place.

145.Section 101(4), as modified, provides further detail in relation to notices given by the Care Inspectorate by electronic means. Notices under this paragraph may be given when a person has indicated to the Care Inspectorate that it is willing to receive them in this way. An indication of a person’s willingness may be specific to the notice in question or more generally applicable to notices or other documents of that kind. Willingness may be communicated directly to the Care Inspectorate or expressed more generally on a website or by some other similar expression. Unless a person has indicated otherwise, willingness to receive a notice by electronic means may also be inferred from a person’s previous willingness to receive notices or documents in this way.

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