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East Lothian Carers Strategy

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We thought you might find it useful to have a little background information about the development of the East Lothian Carers’ Strategy, so here is some general information about the new Carers Act and Eligibility Criteria.

About the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 comes into effect on 1 April 2018. The Act aims to support carers’ health and wellbeing. It says that local authorities/Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) must:

  • provide support to carers. This support must be based on identified needs that meet the local eligibility criteria
  • take account of national regulations when setting local eligibility criteria. However, guidance on this has not been produced by the Scottish Government so far
  • use a specific Adult Care Support Plan (ASCP) and Young Carer Statement (YCS) to identify carers’ needs and personal outcomes
  • have their own information and advice service for carers that must provide information and advice on a range of matters including emergency and future care planning, advocacy, income maximisation and carers’ rights.
  • Draft East Lothian Eligibility Criteria for carers

    Take part in our consultation on the East Lothian Draft Eligibility Criteria for Carers by clicking here

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