East Lothian Council

Consultation on the draft East Lothian Eligibility Criteria for Carers


About the draft East Lothian Eligibility Criteria for Carers

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers Act places a duty on local authorities and health and social care services through their health and social care partnerships to set out local eligibility criteria for carers, which are to apply in their area. These are the criteria which determine whether they have a duty under the Act to provide support. They must consult and involve carers and representative organisations in developing criteria for their area. 

What are eligibility criteria?

Eligibility criteria are the indicators describing the impact of the caring role on the carer and what level of advice and support the carer may access.  The East Lothian eligibility criteria are based on best practice as developed by the National Carer Organisations.


Maintaining and improving support to carers is central to our preventative strategies and is a key priority ELHSCP. This document identifies thresholds for different levels of need, but it also aims to ensure that preventative support is embraced and embedded in policy and practice.

This means that we need to consider how carers access and benefit from:

  • universal services, such as health, education, leisure and transport
  • the increased provision of carers’ information and advice services, including welfare rights and financial advice.

It also looks at how community-based support can be further developed to support carers, including services provided by carers’ centres and other community assets (community centres, lunch clubs, libraries, leisure centres), area partnerships and the wider third and voluntary sector.

The Carers’ Strategy legislation brings in the right for carers to have either an Adult Carers Support Plan or a Young Carers Statement. These will consider the support needs of the carer in the round, and not only focus on the more intensive services that may be required by some carers where the impact of their caring role and their support needs.

The Eligibility Criteria inform the development of these plans or statements, which will aim to:

  • support the health and wellbeing of the carer by identifying their personal needs and outcomes
  • access an appropriate balance of information, advice and support to meet these needs and achieve personal outcomes
  • ensure their right to have eligible needs met.


The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 defines personal outcomes in relation to the caring role and makes provisions, if required, for subsequent regulations about personal outcomes. Our eligibility criteria allow for outcomes to be defined at all levels of support for carers, so that the benefits of accessing both preventative and more intensive support are clear and measurable. Our criteria are the same for both Adult and Young Carers, and will link to other relevant frameworks, for example, ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’.

Consultation and engagement

We are committed to consulting and engaging throughout the process of developing our East Lothian Carers’ Eligibility Criteria. We began this process in June, when we presented the National Carer Organisations framework to a large stakeholder workshop and looked at how this might inform the development of the East Lothian criteria. The feedback indicated that people were open to the National Carer Organisations’ framework as a basis for the East Lothian eligibility criteria framework.  You can see the feedback from this event here. Since then, ELHSCP has also consulted with the partners on the design of the East Lothian criteria and we are now at the stage when we would like to consult further with all stakeholders on the resulting framework.

How to take part 

If you would like to see the new draft East Lothian Eligibility Criteria, please click here

All comments are welcomed but it would be really helpful if carers and other stakeholders could consider these three questions when they are reading the draft East Lothian Eligibility Criteria:

  • Do our Eligibility Criteria take into account over-arching matters, for example, prevention, early intervention, to prevent carers’ needs from escalating?
  • Is there enough detail/information on how the criteria will be applied, scored and used to determine level of need?
  • Do our local Eligibility Criteria meet what has been set out in the legislation and take a preventative approach?

Feedback to us at elhscp@eastlothian.gov.uk

Closing date for consultation is 31st December 2017

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