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Title:Carers (Scotland) Act 2016
Description:Full text of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 and a concise summary.
File:Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 [PDF, 317.6 kb: 03 Aug 2017]
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File:Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 - Key Provisions [DOCX, 51.6 kb: 17 Aug 2017]
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Carers Policy Branch

Care, Support and Rights Division

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road


Twitter: @SG_CarersPolicy


Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016  is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. Measures from 1 April, 2018 include:

  • a duty for local authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria.
  • a specific adult carer support plan and young carer statement to identify carers’ needs and personal outcomes.
  • a requirement for local authorities to have an information and advice service for carers which provides information and advice on, amongst other things, emergency and future care planning, advocacy, income maximisation and carers’ rights.

The key provisions are summarised here and in our Carers' charter, setting out carers' rights under the Act.

The Act contributes to the Scottish Government’s vision of a healthier and fairer Scotland, and sits alongside related policy on the integration of Health and Social Care, new social security powers; and the Fair Work agenda.