Your Right as a Carer

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.

As required by section 36 of the Act the Scottish Ministers have prepared this Carers’ charter, setting out the rights of carers in or under the Act.

The Act defines a carer as someone ‘who intends to provide care’ as well as someone who does provide care. Young Carers are defined as a person under the age of 18 who provides or who intends to provide care for an adult or child needing care, except where the child needs care solely due to their age.

The key points of the Act and what we are doing is listed below:

The Act States: What we will do:
all unpaid carers are eligible for carer’s support with a universal offer of information and advice for all as a minimum this is something which we already do
all adult carers must be offered, or can request, that a support plan is prepared, detailing the carer’s personal outcomes and needs for support or signpost to services  we will ensure that all adult carers, who don’t currently have a support plan, will be offered a support plan
all young carers are eligible for a Young Carers Statement we will ensure that all Young Carers receive a Young Carers Statement
all local authorities must produce a Carers Strategy on 1st April 2019 Glasgow’s Carers Strategy for 2019-2022 is available. 
all local authorities must develop and publish an Eligibility Criteria for Carers Services our Criteria is already available and will ensure fairer access to services, prioritise support and target resources as effectively and efficiently as possible
there should be timescales for when we must contact Carers of anyone who has been given a terminal diagnosis in Glasgow, we will contact these Carers within 24 working hours
all local authorities have a duty to provide an information and advice service

we currently provide this service and the page Are You Looking After Someone signpost carers to further information / services

all local authorities must develop and publish a short breaks services statement Consultation on short breaks has taken place and the statement is available.
all local authorities must involve carers in Carers Services    we work closely with the 3rd sector and voluntary sector to ensure carers are actively involved in developing and informing Carers Services and Strategies.