Date lodged: 1 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made in implementing each of the provisions in the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, and what funding it is providing to support this work.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 9 February 2018
Officials are working in liaison with local authorities, health boards, integration authorities and carer organisations and others on preparations for implementation from 1 April 2018.
Draft guidance, co-produced with stakeholders was circulated at the end of December and will be finalised as statutory guidance in March.
Thirteen local pilots of different measures under the Act have helped inform the guidance, with learning also being shared to help local implementation across Scotland.
A number of Scottish Statutory Instruments required before implementation on 1 April 2018 have already been passed with five currently before the Scottish Parliament and one more to be laid shortly.
A carers charter, setting out carers’ rights under the Act is due to be published by 1 April 2018, following public consultation last year.
Our draft budget for 2018-19 includes an extra £66m to support additional expenditure by local government on social care including supporting the implementation of the Carers Act.
Local authorities, integration authorities and health boards are working on preparations for implementation of their different responsibilities under the Act, including setting of local eligibility criteria for carer support by 1 April 2018.