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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02509: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how much it provides to support young carers, and how this compares with 2007.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 22 September 2016

Most funding provided by the Scottish Government is to support both adult and young carers and is not separated out. Between 2008 and 2017 we invested nearly £39 million in Health Boards' Carer Information Strategies for support to adult and young carers.

Since 2012 we have also invested over £300,000 in workforce development which includes programmes working with young carers.

For young carer specific support, the Scottish Government has provided over £2 million for the annual Young Carers Festival, and for other initiatives. We also fund the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance to support the development of services for young carers.

The total amount for supporting carers in 2007 is likely to be less than in any year from 2008, as the existing initiatives were not in place then.