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Local Elgibility Statutory Guidance

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Description:Advice and guidance on the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016
File:Local Eligibility Criteria - Statutory Guidance [DOCX, 563.0 kb: 15 Dec 2017]
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File: Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 - Statutory Guidance [PDF, 1230.3 kb: 21 Mar 2018]
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File:Waiving of Charges for Carers Support - Worked Examples [DOCX, 38.2 kb: 07 Mar 2019]
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Carers Policy Branch

Care, Support and Rights Division

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road


Twitter: @SG_CarersPolicy


The Scottish Government has published statutory guidance for local authorities, health boards and integration authorities on effective implementation of the provisions of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 (‘the Act’). It will also be of interest to other organisations working alongside statutory bodies to deliver carer support, as well as the directing authorities of independent or grant aided schools responsible for young carer statements. The main guidance is structured into chapters on the different parts of the Act as well as those addressing cross-cutting considerations (e.g. the context of integration of health and social care).

This page also provides hyperlinks to:

  • the separate statutory guidance on local eligibility criteria for carer support under the Act;

  • and worked examples on waiving of charges for carer support, to supplement Chapter 3 of Part 3 of the main guidance.

We intend to integrate these documents into the main guidance around the end of 2019, once the planned regulations on timescales for carers of terminally ill people are finalised.

All of this guidance has been developed with input from a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties to capture what is important and useful. It also incorporates lessons from pilot areas which tested certain provisions within the Act.