The Self-directed Support Act aims to provide local authorities with a power to support carers in their caring role. This section provides further information for Carers and the support available through Self-directed Support.

Carers and young carers in Scotland provide invaluable support to the family, friends and neighbours that they care for.  The Scottish Government recognises the importance of supporting carers and young carers to remain in their caring roles and to be able to lead a life alongside their caring responsibilities.

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 was passed in the Scottish Parliament on February 4, 2016. The Act will come in to effect on April 1, 2018 and will ensure better and more consistent support for carers and young carers so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, in better health and to have a life alongside caring.

The Act is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. Measures 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 specific adult carer support plan (ACSP) and young carer statement (YCS to identify carers’ needs and personal outcomes.
  • 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 requirement for the responsible local authority to consider whether that support should be provided in the form of a break from caring and the desirability of breaks from caring provided on a planned basis.

Find out more from the Scottish Government on the latest programmes and initiatives regarding unpaid carers on their website.

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