Government consultation on draft Carers Strategic Policy Statement

A consultation has started on a draft Carers Strategic Policy Statement, which will map the main policies across the Scottish Government that are particularly relevant to unpaid carers.

This is alongside the outcomes these policies contribute towards to and the Scottish Government’s overall ambitions for carers and carer support.

The draft statement is intended to help local and national strategic planning and policy development in the statutory, independent and third sector to understand the existing national policies and approaches in place to support unpaid carers in Scotland.

By having the “map” of national carer support policies and strategies, those with a role in commissioning or providing support for carers can make fully informed decisions about different approaches and models and tap into existing opportunities.

The draft puts the individual carer in the centre and focuses on national policies to address four different aspects of carer support:

• Carer Voice and Engagement

• Health and Social Care Support

• Social and Financial Inclusion

• Young Carers

The Carers Strategic Policy Statement is intended to maximise the benefits from national policies and approaches intended to support carers – including major ongoing reforms such as implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act and the development of our new social security powers for carers.

It aims to do this by connecting a wide range of existing policies.

The draft Statement has been developed following intensive informal engagement with stakeholders.

The Government wants to ensure it covers the right information and is presented in a way which will be genuinely useful to its intended audience. They are consulting formally on the draft document to test that it achieves these aims.

To take part click here: Carers strategic policy statement