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Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network

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Service summary

SPAEN's supports and services are designed by PA employers, for PA employers.


We offer a whole range of supports and services to ensure you are always a "good, competent and compliant" employer, including:


  • Independent information, guidance and advice on insurance products and services for PA employers (regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority);
  • Practical supports and guides on safe recruitment; employing PA's; operating a direct payment / Option 1 and changing to a different SDS option;
  • A fully automated payroll service;
  • A managed account service, opening and operating a secure, single account on your behalf which allows you to monitor and report on your SDS spend (all accounts are backed by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme);
  • Expert pension auto-enrolment advice and support;
  • Care and support planning to make sure you maximise your Direct Payment

Client groups

SPAEN supports anyone in Scotland wishing to use a Direct Payment or Option 1 through Self-directed Support to employ their own Personal Assistants and to always be "good, competent and compliant" employers.

Opening times

Our offices are open from Monday - Friday, 9am - 4.30pm

Area served

Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Lothian, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh City of, Eilean Siar, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow City, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney Islands, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland Islands, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Aberdeen


We provide independent information, advice and guidance on a range of supports and services for PA employers / people using Option 1(by telephone or video conferencing)


This includes:


  • Providing information, guidance and advice on insurance products for PA employers (regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority);
  • Providing practical supports and tools to ensure you remain a "good, competent and compliant" employer;
  • Providing a fully automated payroll service;
  • Providing and operating a Managed Account on your behalf (backed by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme);
  • Bespoke advice and guidance available on all matters relating to being a PA employer (via telephone or e-mail).

All our supports and services are designed by PA employers with PA employers at the heart of them.

The page was last updated on 14 May 2018

Main address

East Wing
1st Floor
Belgrave Court, Rosehall Road

Main telephone

0845 601 1156

Organisation email





Daniel McBride : Membership Services Officer

Contact telephone

0845 601 1156

Contact email


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