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Carers (Scotland) Bill passes

by Fiona Collie 05 February 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Bill passed its third and final stage in the Scottish Parliament yesterday (4/2/16).

The provisions of the Bill will be implemented from 2017 and include:

  • the introduction of Adult Carer Support Plans (ACSP) and Young Carers Statements (YCS) to replace carers assessments.
  • the removal of the requirement for carers to provide regular and substantial care, meaning that ACSP and YCS are open to all carers.
  • the right to support for carers who meet eligibility
  • ACSP and YCS must consider a range of issues including emergency and future planning and timescales for the completion of these plans will be set for people caring for someone with a terminal illness.
  • a duty on local authorities to ensure that there is an information and advice service for carers in their area.
  • a duty on local authorities and health boards to publish a carers strategy in consultation with carers and carers organisations in their area.
  • a duty on health boards to inform and involve carers in hospital discharge of the person they care for.

There are a range of other provisions and Carers Scotland has produced a briefing and a Q & A for carers.  These can be downloaded below..

You can also read the official report of the debate in the Scottish Parliament by clicking here or watch at: http://bit.ly/1Sxkmy7

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