Carers Census Consultation

Dumfries and Galloway Council are seeking the views of organisations on a new way for the Scottish Government to collect data in relation to Carers, in light of the recently passed Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.

The Act extends and enhances the rights of carers and will ensure better and more consistent support for carers and young carers so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, in better health and to have a life alongside caring.

The package of provisions in the Act is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing. These include:

  • a specific Adult Carer Support Plan and Young Carer Statement to identify carers’ needs and personal outcomes; and
  • a duty on local authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria. National matters which local authorities must have regard to when setting their local eligibility criteria will be set out in regulations;
  • a requirement for each local authority to establish and maintain 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 Scottish Government are currently consulting on a new way to collect data in relation to Carers. The data will be used to monitor the impact of the Carers Act and will be looking to gather baseline data for the year ahead of implementation of the Act. This will be part of a wider research and evaluation strategy into the impact of the Carers Act.

Dumfries and Galloway Council would welcome the views of your organisation on the proposed data specification. Please send any comments or feedback to Larel Currie at larel.curry@dumgal.gov.uk by Friday 2nd December 2016.

You can access the consultation document by clicking here