May 2014

Carers legislation - consultation on proposals

This Scottish Government consultation proposes to afford more protection to improve outcomes for carers and young carers in Scotland. The Society's Mental Health and Disability Committee welcomes the focus on supporting the estimated 750,000 carers in Scotland but is concerned over the introduction of an 'eligibility framework' which has the potential for those who fall outwith of that framework to be overlooked and not provided with the support they need. The committee also suggests that materials such as easy read guides to help carers and young carers understand any new legislation and their rights, as well as signposting of local support services would be welcomed.

The full response can be found here.