The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. Measures from 1 April, 2018 include:
- A duty for local authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria.
- A specific adult carer support plan and young carer statement to identify carers’ needs and personal outcomes.
- A requirement for local authorities to have an information and advice service for carers which provides information and advice on, amongst other things, emergency and future care planning, advocacy, income maximisation and carers’ rights.
The key provisions are summarised here and in the Carers’ charter, setting out carers’ rights under the Act.
The Act contributes to the Scottish Government’s vision of a healthier and fairer Scotland, and sits alongside related policy on the integration of Health and Social Care, new social security powers; and the Fair Work agenda.