Accessibility Options
The Carers Act2018-10-12T10:20:22+00:00

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

Many Carers are unaware of their rights and entitlements, therefore missing out on the financial, practical and emotional support available to them.

This is an important new piece of legislation that was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 4th February 2016.

It extends the rights of adult and young Carers in Scotland, placing a duty on local authorities to provide every Carer with a Carer Support Plan and to provide support based on the Carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria, if, the Carer’s needs cannot be met by services provided for the person they care for or through other supports.

The ACSP is not just about services it will support you to manage your caring role from a range of public bodies and local third sector organisations.

The Act

Many Carers are unaware of their rights and entitlements, therefore missing out on the financial, practical and emotional support available to them.

Your rights under the Act:

  • Adult Carers have a right to an: Adult Carer Support Plan
  • Young Carers have a right to a:
  • Young Carers Statement
  • Support comes in many forms from many organisations:
  • Right to support to meet any ‘eligible needs’
  • Steps to involve Carers and carer representatives in planning and evaluation:
  • The right to be involved in services
  • Carers are informed, heard and their views considered before discharge:
  • The right to be involved in the hospital discharge process of the person you care for.

The Local Authority now has:

  • A duty to prepare an Adult Carer Support Plan (ACSP)
  • A duty to prepare a Young Carer Statement
  • A duty to set local eligibility criteria
  • A duty to involve Carers in carer services
  • A duty to provide support
  • A duty to provide a local Carer Strategy

The Local Authority must provide information and advice in particular about:

  • Carer’s rights
  • Income maximisation
  • Education and training
  • Advocacy
  • Health and wellbeing (including counselling)
  • Bereavement support services
  • Emergency and future care planning