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Health and Community Care - Datasets


A short update to the Scotland's Carers publication, providing the latest estimate of the number of unpaid carers living in Scotland, can be accessed here.

New - 24 March 2015 - Scotland's Carers Publication

This report brings together statistical analysis and research on caring. Information is presented on who provides care in Scotland, drawing from recent population surveys such as the Scotland’s 2011 Census and the Scottish Health Survey. The report considers the health and wellbeing of carers and the impact that caring can have on wellbeing as well as the nature, purpose and effectiveness of support for carers. The report is intended to provide a useful source of information for carer’s organisations, policy makers, local authorities and anyone who is a carer or knows someone who is a carer.

We should be grateful if you would complete a short survey allowing you to give feedback on this new publication.

All the data used in the report, including Local Authority level breakdowns, can be accessed in the accompanying spreadsheet:

Carers 2014


Short Breaks (Respite care)

The annual statistical releases on Respite Care are listed in the table below by year of publication. Each of the publications present national figures for Respite Care in Scotland.

Year Published Link
2014/15 15 December 2015
2013/14 28 October 2014
2012/13 29 October 2013
2011/12 30 October 2012
2010/11 25 October 2011
2009/10 28 September 2010

The spreadsheet below contains Respite Care provision in Scotland from 2007/08 to 2013/14 available by Local Authority, age band and weeks provided.

Excel FileRespite Care information 2007/08 to 2014/15


Carers - Older Publications

Unpaid Carers

Research report published July 2010 - Caring in Scotland: Analysis of existing data sources on unpaid carers in Scotland The report presents data from a range of sources, focusing on the 2001 Census and the Scottish Household Survey 2007/2008.