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Caring together in Scotland

27 July 2010

Carers Scotland today welcomed the launch of Scotland's new Carers strategy (Caring together) and Young Carers strategy (Getting it right for young carers) outlining achieving better support for carers over the next 5 years.

Carers Scotland's Director Pat Begley said:

"Unpaid carers sustain the health and social care system in Scotland. This new strategy should be viewed as a statement of intent, a down payment investing in the future of a caring society.

The strategy has many good things to commend it. It now requires a clear action plan to implement it in a way that will make a material difference to the lives of unpaid carers.

We recognise that there are difficult financial challenges ahead but we must not shift more of the burden of care onto unpaid carers. Carers are not volunteers - they are part of the largest unpaid workforce in Scotland and must be supported and resourced if health and social care services are to be maintained.

We commend the Scottish Government for their continued commitment to unpaid carers, welcome the significant additional funding for short breaks and training and look forward to working with the Government to develop a clear timetable with specific objectives and outcomes. "

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