The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 comes into force 1 April 2018.
Under section 36 of the Act the Scottish Ministers must prepare and publish a Carers’ charter, setting out the rights of carers as provided for in or under the Act.
Officials have made a commitment to publishing the charter before the Act comes into force.
A public consultation on a draft Carers’ charter was held from 31 July to 22 October 2017. Responses were received. All of the consultation responses have been considered, and the charter has been redrafted to take relevant comments into account.
Under section 36(6) of the Act, Scottish Ministers must consult with bodies representative of carers. As such, officials have also consulted with the National Carer Organisations (NCOs) to further inform the document. The NCOs and COSLA officials have approved the final draft of the charter.