The Scottish Government passed the Carers (Scotland) Bill on Thursday 4th February and changes to services will be planned throughout 2016 and fully implemented by 2017.
It strengthens the rights that Carers and Young Carers have to an assessment of their needs and to have their views listened to and acted upon.
The main provisions of the Bill are:
- Local Authorities will have a duty to support Carers who meet eligibility criteria. Each Local Authority will set their own criteria within a national Eligibility Framework
- All Carers and Young Carers will be covered by the Bill and not only only those with “regular and substantial “Caring responsibilities as previously
- Carers will be entitled to an Adult Carer Support Plan and Young Carers will have a Young Carers statement and these must include information about emergency and future planning
- Local Authorities must provide an information and advice service and consult with Carers and Young Carers on their Carers Strategy
Health Boards must inform Carers of the hospital discharge of the person they care for.
Local Authorities must consider whether support for Carers should take the form of a respite short break and provide them on a planned basis.
The full text of the Bill can be found on the Scottish Government website.