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New legislation planned for Scotlandís carers, 01/10/13 [S]

Plans to bring about specific legislation that will promote, defend and extend the rights of carers and young carers have been announced by First Minister Alex Salmond.

The Scottish Government will hold a consultation later this year and provide an opportunity for carers, young carers, the wider public and professionals from the statutory and voluntary sectors to comment on and scrutinise the proposals. It will also hold a number of events to help inform this consultation before the end of 2013.

There are more than 657,000 unpaid adult carers and up to 100,000 young carers in Scotland and many who care who donít even identify themselves as carers.

Support for young carers in the new legislation will take account of the provisions in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill which has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Carers and Young Carers Statement of Intent