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New rights for carers 10/03/2015 The Scottish Government has published a new Carers Bill, which will enshrine carers’ rights in law for the first time in Scotland.

New rights for carers

The Scottish Government has published a new Carers Bill, which will enshrine carers’ rights in law for the first time in Scotland.
 
The Bill will entitle every adult carer in Scotland to their own support plan, with young carers receiving a similar young carer statement. These measures will set out the needs of each carer, and the help and support they are entitled to.
 
This means they will have a right to receive certain support from their local authority if their needs meet local eligibility criteria. The local authority will also consider whether the support should take the form of, or include a short break.
 
Local eligibility criteria will be set with reference to a set of national core principles. This will ensure that consideration is given to important factors, such as making sure that carers get the right support at an early stage. Local councils will also publish local carer strategies that will focus on identifying carers’ needs, assessing the needs which exist locally, and the availability of services.
 
Other measures included in the Bill are the establishment of local carer advice and information centres in every local authority area.

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