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The Information Gateway for unpaid Carers in South Lanarkshire

The aim of the Network is to ensure that unpaid Carers are empowered and enabled to continue in their Caring role while feeling supported to maintain their own good health and wellbeing.  This is done by providing the Carer with comprehensive information and raising their issues at local and national level.

Who is a Carer?

Carers support a family member, spouse, partner, relative or friend of any age who needs help and support to manage a range of daily living tasks. This may be due to a long-term condition, physical or learning disability, mental health problems, frailty associated with older age or an addiction.

Carers may provide assistance with personal care, emotional support, managing and administering medication, undertaking practical tasks such as shopping, cooking and providing transport, helping to manage finances and ensuring that the person is able to maintain outside interests and friendships. Distinct from paid care workers, carers receive no wage for the support they provide.

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act will be commenced on April 1, 2018.  The package of provisions in the Act is designed to support Carers’ health and well-being. These include, amongst other things:

  • A duty on local authorities to provide support to Carers, based on the Carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria. National matters which local authorities must have regard to when setting their local eligibility criteria will be set out in regulations;
  • A specific Adult Carer Support Plan and Young Carer Statement to identify Carers’ needs and personal outcomes; and
  • A requirement for each local authority to have its own information and advice service for Carers which must provide information and advice on, amongst other things, emergency and future care planning, advocacy, income maximisation and Carers’ rights.

The Act contributes to the Scottish Government’s vision of a healthier and fairer Scotland, and sits within the wider policy landscape including: integration of Health and Social Care; GP contract; new social security powers; and Fair Work agenda.  To download this version please visit:-
http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Support-Social-Care/Unpaid-Carers/CarersBill
For Full version: – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2016/9/contents

If any partner organisations would like their updated news/events promoted in the next edition of the Network News please email: joyce.brownlie@slcn.co.uk this week please.

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