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.