It is really important that you are aware of what new changes the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 are bringing in from 1 April 2018 which will affect all unpaid carers of all ages. These changes may affect you now, in the future, or someone you may know. This is a new piece of law that introduces a new way of carrying out carers assessments. There is also a new duty on your local authority to give better support to carers to carry on caring if they want to.
It has been widely recognised that carers provide a vital contribution to society. An unpaid carer is someone who looks after, or intends to look after, someone else without being paid to do so. The person they look after may have an illness, disability, mental health problem, or a substance misuse problem. A carer can be a child or an adult.
Perth & Kinross Council has a duty to support a carer who has significant support needs. The impact or risk of caring on the carer will be ‘high’ or ‘critical’. This means the council must provide support to the carer.
Perth & Kinross Council has the power to support a carer who has some support needs. The impact or risk of caring on the carer will be ‘low’ or ‘moderate’. This means the council can use its power to provide support where support is needed.
Perth & Kinross has a duty to set the local carers eligibility criteria framework before 1 April 2018.
We are running a consultation on this framework from 30 October 2017 to 11 December 2017. This gives you a vital opportunity to have a say on the changes that may affect you and the support you get as a carer in Perth & Kinross before the framework is set.
Your views will play an essential role in shaping the framework and ensuring it is effective. All responses to the consultation will be taken into account after the consultation closing date and will tell us whether you are happy with the draft framework, or if there are things that need to be reviewed.
We are also running a number of informal drop-in events around Perth & Kinross for you to obtain a copy of the consultation paper and to have a chat about any questions you may have about the consultation or the new Carers Act.
For more information about the consultation or to receive a copy in the post, please contact Policy Officer - Christine Tse at Christine.Tse@pkavs.org.uk or 01738 567076.