Carers rights

Introduction to the Carers Act

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 (

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 took effect in April 2018. The Act extends and enhances the rights of carers in Scotland to help improve their health and wellbeing so they can continue to care, if they so wish, and have a life alongside caring

Carers rights are discussed fully in the Carers Charter.

As a carer you have the right to:

  • Access local information and advice
  • Support to complete an ACSP
  • To access support if your needs meet eligibility criteria for Carers in East Lothian
  • To be involved in care planning for the person you care for
  • To be involved in the hospital discharge process
  • To be involved in the planning of any carer services

MECCOP have produced three leaflets for carers explaining what the implementation of the Carers Act 2016 means for carers, and the new rights that they are now entitled to under the Act.

The leaflets are available in English, Chinese and Urdu.

MECCOP website