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Carers Policy Branch

Care, Support and Rights Division

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Email: carerspolicy@gov.scot

Twitter: @SG_CarersPolicy

Impact Assessments

We've worked closely with key partners to fully assess the impact of the provisions under the Carers (Scotland) Act. This process has included the production of the following impact assessments, which will be reviewed and updated for commencement of the Act on April 1, 2018.

The final impact assessments will reflect any evidence previously not available, as well as information gathered from consultations and discussions with stakeholders during implementation of the Act.

Business and regulatory impact assessment

A partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) was included in the public consultation on the Bill in January 2014. The updated BRIA builds on this document to reflect responses to the consultation, extensive discussion with stakeholders and the Policy and Financial Memoranda accompanying the Bill.

The BRIA sets out the purpose and intended effect of the Bill, describes the consultation which has taken place (within Government, with the public and with business) and details the options which that were considered, with costs and benefits for each. It also covers the impact on Scottish firms, a competition assessment, the impact on Legal Aid, enforcement, sanctions and monitoring, and implementation and delivery.

Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

To accompany the Carers (Scotland) Act a child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) has been completed. The aim of the CRWIA is to identify, research, analyse and record the anticipated impact of the Act on children’s human rights and wellbeing in Scotland.

Equality impact assessment

A partial equality impact assessment (EQIA) was included in the public consultation on the Bill in January 2014. The updated EQIA builds on this document to reflect responses to the consultation and extensive discussion with stakeholders that was undertaken as part of the EQIA process.

The EQIA considers impacts by looking at the Bill in relation to the protected characteristics: age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

Privacy impact assessment

The privacy impact assessment (PIA) seeks to identify and assess any privacy implications arising from the Bill. The PIA considers appropriate use of data, information sharing and handling of personal data in public services as a result of new legislation.