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New Carers Act for 2018 – Give views on the Draft Regulations and Carers Charter

New Carers Act for 1st April 2018 – have your say on the Draft Regulations and Carers Charter

The new Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 will come into force on 1st April 2018. To be ready for this, the Scottish Government are asking people for their views on the the Regulations and the Carers Charter. There are 2 documents, the Regulations which is asking about the content of the legislation and the Charter, which sets out the rights of carers under the Act.

This new legislation will extend and enhance the rights of carers. The Charter is intended to ensure first and foremost that carers are aware of their rights as carers. To read about the Act see here: Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Act will include, amongst other things:

  • a duty on Local Authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer’s identified needs which meet local eligibility criteria.
  • a specific Adult Carer Support Plan and Young Carer Statement to identify carers’ needs and personal outcomes.
  • a requirement for each Local Authority to have its own information and advice service for carers which must provide information and advice on, amongst other things, emergency and future care planning, advocacy, income maximisation and carers’ rights.

The consultation is now live and you can give your views on this below.

If you want to speak to anyone in the Scottish Government about the consultation, you can contact Michael Mawdsley at: michael.mawdsley@gov.scot