As of June 2017, there are an estimated 788,000 people in Scotland who are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour. This includes 44,000 who are under the age of 18.
Since 2007, the Scottish Government has invested over £135 million in a range of programmes and initiatives to support carers and young carers.
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 will take effect on 1 April 2018. The Act extends and enhances the rights of carers. The new legislation will help ensure better and more consistent support for both adult carers and young carers so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, in better health and to have a life alongside caring.