As a carer, you have certain rights, and these have been brought together in the Carers (Scotland) Act which came into force on 1st April 2018.
The Carers Act enhances the rights of carers in Scotland to help improve their health and wellbeing, so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, and have a life alongside caring.
The key rights that apply under the legislation are:
- Local authorities must establish and maintain an information and advice service for carers.
In Dundee, we want all carers to be supported if they need it, therefore services are available to access when you need support. This includes a wide variety of support, information and advice through Dundee Carers Centre and other local organisations in Dundee.
- All carers are entitled to an adult carer support plan or for carers under 18, a young carer statement. An Adult Carer Support Plan and a Young Carers statement will provide you with an opportunity to tell us about your own needs, how they might be met and can help you to plan for the things that matter to you as a carer. The Dundee Adult Carer Support Plan is for carers who look after someone living in Dundee.
- Carers have a right to support to meet any ‘eligible needs’.
If your Adult Carer Support Plan or Young Carer Statement identifies that there are supports that you would benefit from that aren’t currently available and if you meet the eligibility threshold, you may be entitled to additional funding to meet your needs.
Carers who do not meet eligibility criteria will still receive help and can access services such as information and advice from local carer support services.
- Carers have a right to be involved in services.
A key feature of the Act relates to carer involvement. Carers must be involved in the planning, shaping, delivery and review of service. This includes involvement in the development of the local Carer Strategy, as well the local Short Break Services Statement.
- Carers have a right to be involved in the hospital discharge process of the person they are going to be caring for.
Hospital discharge planning is also covered by the Act. Local Health Boards have a duty to involve carers in making decisions relating to hospital discharge for the person they care for, or intend to provide care for.
The full legislation can be found here:
You may also find the following information sheets helpful: