As you may be aware, the Scottish Government is currently consulting on proposed new Carers Legislation which aims to ‘accelerate the pace of change’ so that more carers across Scotland receive the support they need to safely carry out their caring role, and to have a life outside of caring.
The consultation points to the progress that has been made but recognises more can be done.
“We have put significant effort into supporting carers and young carers over the past few years. But the success of this cannot take away from the fact that many carers are experiencing considerable stress and anxiety and are not being supported.”
Michael Matheson MSP, Minister for Public Health
This consultation provides an important opportunity for carers, young carers, the wider public and those working in the public, voluntary and independent sectors to all have their say on what they would like to see included in the legislation. The range of options being considered includes – improvements to carer identification and assessment, new duties to provide information and support, better carer engagement in planning and service development, and a specific duty to promote and provide short breaks.
There are various ways you can find out more and be involved in the consultation process:
•Visit the Scottish Government’s Carers Legislation webpage - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/01/4757
•The National Carer Organisations (NCOs) have produced a summary Briefing Paper on the Carers Legislation proposals. http://www.hansel.org.uk/documents/view.php?documentID=231
•You can read Shared Care Scotland’s position paper making the case for a Short Breaks Duty (one of the options being consulted on). http://www.hansel.org.uk/documents/view.php?documentID=230
• The NCOs have developed a short survey to collect views on the proposals. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ScotlandCarersBill
The Scottish Government is arranging a series of consultation events:
•Dundee, Monday 24 March – http://dundeecarerscentre.org.uk/Information/News?ArticleId=110
•Inverness, Tuesday 25 March – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carers-legislation-consultation-tickets-10701932769
•Edinburgh, Wednesday 26 March – http://www.carerstraining.co.uk/carer-legislation-consultation-workshop.html