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What is the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016?

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 is effective from 1st April 2018. There are currently an estimated 788,000 people in Scotland who are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour. This includes 44,000 young people who are under the age of 18. The purpose of the Carers Act is to ensure unpaid carers who feel they are able and willing to continue caring would be better and more consistently supported, as well as to have a life alongside caring. 

Unpaid carers are individuals who look after someone but are not paid to do so, regardless of whether they receive benefits or pensions. Looking after someone can be a positive experience but at times it can also be challenging and exhausting both physically and emotionally. If you find yourself looking after someone with little or no support it can be isolating and it could have a real impact on your health and other areas of your life. You might find you have little time to look after your own needs. 

That’s why there is a wide range of information and support available to help unpaid carers in Perth & Kinross.

Under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, carers have new rights. Adult Carers have a right to Adult Carer Support Plan (ACSP) and Young Carers will have a right to Young Carer Statements. These replace old carer assessments. These will provide an opportunity for you to tell us about your own needs, what type of outcomes you want to achieve and what would help to make things easier for you. This will allow us to discuss with you about what support would be suitable for you. 

Perth & Kinross Council has a new duty to provide support to carers that have ‘eligible needs’ and who meet the eligibility threshold and a new power to provide support to carers who do not meet the eligibility threshold. Therefore, you should find that there is always information, advice and support that you can access.

For more information about support for young carers, please visit our Young Carers Hub Website.

We will continue having our Young Adult Carers Service, but the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 does not deal specifically with Young Adult Carers. While you are under 18, or 18 and still at school, you can have a Young Carer Statement and this will remain in place until you have an Adult Carer Support Plan (ACSP). This will be usually when you are 18 or over and have left school.

You can download and print off a copy of the Carers Charter, which details your rights under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 here.

Last Modified: 01/05/2018

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