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Rights charter

In this section we provide information on carers' rights. This includes information on the Carers Rights Charter


Carers Rights Charter

The Carers (Scotland) Act 20161 (the Act) takes effect from 1 April 2018. The Act extends and enhances the rights of carers in Scotland to help improve their health and wellbeing, so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, and have a life alongside caring.

The Act provides new rights to carers in a number of areas.  These include:

  • a duty for local authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria

  • a right to an adult carer support plan and young carer statement to identify your needs and personal outcomes. (This is available to carers of all ages, no matter how many hours of care they provide and whether or not the person they care for provides care)

  • a requirement for local authorities to have an information and advice service for carers which provides information and advice on, amongst other things, emergency and future care planning, advocacy, income maximisation and carers’ rights

  • a duty on the NHS to inform and involve you if the person you care for is discharged from hospital.

You can download a copy of the Carers Charter which tells you all about the rights of carers under the Act. 

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