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Carers asked for their views on legislation

Carers are today being asked for their views on legislation that aims to improve the support available to them and set out their rights in law.
The Health and Sport Committee has issued a call for views as it begins scrutiny of the Carers (Scotland) Bill. The Committee is keen to hear directly from young and adult carers about whether they feel the proposed legislation will provide greater support to them than what is available currently.

The Bill, if approved by Parliament, would change carer’s assessments to ‘Adult Carer support plans’ and young carers would be entitled to a ‘Young Carer’s statement’.

Local authorities would be given a duty to establish and maintain information and advice services to carers and to support carers who met eligibility criteria.

Local authorities would also be required to consider whether any support provided should be in the form of a short break and would also be required to take into account the views of the carer when assessing the needs of the person being cared for.

Convener of the Committee, Duncan McNeil MSP said:
“Recent statistics show that almost 17 per cent of the population in Scotland are carers and around a third said that caring had a negative impact on their health.

“The thousands of adult and young carers up and down the country deserve to be properly supported. It is the role of this Committee to determine if the legislation delivers on that.

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Carers asked for their views on legislation