The Carers (Scotland) Act came into effect on 1 April 2018.

The package of provisions in the Act is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing. These include, amongst other things:

  • a duty on local authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria.
  • a specific Adult Carer Support Plan and Young Carer Statement to identify carers’ needs and personal outcomes.
  • a requirement for each local authority to have its own information and advice service for carers which must provide information and advice on, amongst other things, emergency and future care planning, advocacy, income maximisation and carers’ rights.

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