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First Minister announces plans for new legislation for carers

01 October 2013

Plans to bring about specific legislation that will promote, defend and extend the rights of carers and young carers were announced today at the Carers Parliament in Edinburgh by First Minister Alex Salmond.

A widespread consultation on this new legislation for carers and young carers will start before the end of this year. This marks a significant step forward in recognising and addressing the needs of the 657,000 unpaid adult carers and up to 100,000 young carers who care for their families, friends and neighbours.

The Government plans to consult on the legislation which will help to improve the health and wellbeing of carers; allow them to continue in their caring role; have a life alongside caring; remain in work; access community support networks and help establish consistency across the whole of Scotland.

Read the full Scottish Government news release here.

Simon Hodgson, Director of Carers Scotland, said:

“Most people will be carers at some point in their lives and today’s announcement marks another important milestone in recognising the crucial role carers play in homes across the country. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government to ensure carers are able to help shape the details in the months ahead.”

Find out more

The Scottish Government has published a Statement of Intent which provides further information.  To download a copy click here.  Deatils of consultation with carers will be announced in due course.


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