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.
The Carers Trust have worked with the Scottish Government and with young carer services to develop a Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 – Jargon Buster for Young Carers. This resource explains some of the more complicated or unusual words and phrases in the Carers Act guidance to ensure that young carers are fully aware of what the Act means for them and their families.
The Scottish Government is consulting on the development of the policy and regulations for the Young Carer Grant, a new benefit which will be delivered by Social Security Scotland.
Last night the BBC shone a light into the reality of being a young carer. This is Katie's story.
Back in May and June, we asked all our supporters to remember to use their blue tokens when they visited their local Tesco and vote for PKAVS Young Carers project.