External review of the National Carer Organisations(NCOs) in Scotland undertaken by Reid Howie Associates and commissioned by the Scottish Government.
Since the production of the Reid Howie Associates NCO Review report in 2013-14, the unpaid caring landscape has changed significantly. The report narrative of 2014 has been maintained as it was against the background that the review was undertaken against. However, this brief introduction places the report in context as of September 2016.
Legislation - The most significant development since the report was produced has been the passing of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. Mentioned in the report in terms of a consultation on future legislation, the Act was first introduced to Parliament on the 9th March 2015 and passed unanimously on the 4th February 2016. The provisions are aimed to support carers and young carers to continue to care, if they so wish, in good health and have a life alongside caring. Throughout the passage of the Bill, the NCOs worked both individually and as a group to represent carers and inform the Scottish Government, Ministers and MSPs.
Strategy - The report makes a number of references to the carers strategies, Caring Together and Getting it Right for Young Carers 2010-2015. Although some priorities may have changed since the production of the strategies, many are still relevant today.