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S5W-13827: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to ensure that the resources allocated to implement the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 will be used as intended, and how it will hold integration authorities to account if it is suspected that the resources are not used for the direct benefit of carers.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 24 January 2018

Under the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 each Integration Authority is required to publish an annual performance report within three months of the end of the financial year. Regulations set out minimum content for these reports including a statement on best value and a financial performance report.

The Scottish Government is developing a monitoring and evaluation framework and strategy to be delivered from 2018-19. This includes a new Carers Census to collect data from local partnerships on adult carer support plans, young carer statements, and support for carers. The final data specification is available on the Scottish Government website at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/DataSupplier/CarersData.

Under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, each local authority and relevant health board is also required to jointly prepare and publish a local carer strategy which deals specifically with the exercise of all functions relating to carers. Draft guidance, including on local carer strategies and other reporting processes, has been developed and shared with local authorities, health boards, integration authorities and other stakeholders.