Across Scotland there are organisations providing independent support consistent with the functions of brokerage, not all will call themselves brokerage organisations but the functions they undertake are consistent.

The intention behind creating a National Brokerage Framework is to devise a framework that recognises the principles of independent support and brokerage and sets out standards in operational practice that all independent support and brokerage organisations should adhere to.

The Framework will be underpinned by the principles of independent living, community connection, and be rights-based. This will ensure that all independent support organisations can deliver what is expected from them in relation to the National SDS Standard for Independent Support and Advocacy. This will improve the quality of independent support across the country and ensure people who need support will get a high quality of support no matter where they live in Scotland.