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Your Right as a Carer

Current advice for unpaid carers relating to Coronavirus (Covid-19) can be found on the following page https://www.yoursupportglasgow.org/glasgow-homepage/pages/are-you-an-unpaid-carer/consultations/

Key Provisions of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 came into effect on 1 April 2018 and extends and enhances the rights of carers to help improve their health and wellbeing, so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, and have a life alongside caring. The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 can be read at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2016/9/contents/enacted.


A summary of the duties and requirements of the legislation is provided below:

  • As required by section 36 of the Act the Scottish Ministers have published a Carers’ Charter, setting out the rights of carers in or under the Act.
  • A duty to set local eligibility criteria for carer support and a duty to provide support to carers that meet local eligibility criteria. Carers eligible for support must be given the option of self-directed support. To see Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership eligibility criteria.
  • A duty to consider options of breaks from caring when undertaking support planning and a duty to produce a short breaks services statement. This statement provides further details on the Personalisation of carers services.
  • A duty to consult and publish a local carers strategy:

o   Adult Carers Strategy 2019-2022https://glasgowcity.hscp.scot/publication/carers-strategy-2019-2022

o   Young Carer Strategy 2019-2022https://glasgowcity.hscp.scot/publication/young-carer-strategy-2019-2022

  • A duty to establish and maintain advice and information services for carers. If you would like to have your say or be signposted for local services and call the Carers Information Line on 0141 353 6504 or visit Carers Information Line (this service is managed by Glasgow Association for Mental Health - GAMH). The information line is open to unpaid carers, family, friends and professionals.

To find out more about how Glasgow City Carers Partnership can support people who have a caring role, please call the Carers Information Line - 0141 353 6504 (office hours) or find your local services on  ‘Are you caring for someone’






2019-20 Glasgow City Carers Partnership Annual Report

This annual report provides an overview and analysis of the support provided by Glasgow City Carers Partnership during the 2019/20 financial year.

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership [GCHSCP] remains fully committed to delivering the best outcomes for unpaid carers and the person they care for. GCHSCP provides £3.859 million annual funding for the Carer Partnership.

Glasgow City Carers Partnership operates within the requirements of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 and all carers are routinely offered a Carer Support Plan or Young Carer Statement. Information and supports are provided with partners in a personalised response which is proportionate to identified outcomes, needs and risk.

A sincere thanks to all services for their contribution and unwavering commitment to identifying and supporting Glasgow’s unpaid carers.

Fred Beckett, Glasgow City HSCP Carer Lead

Read the full report: Glasgow City Carers Partnership during the 2019/20 financial year

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