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Unpaid Carers

It is estimated that around 788,000 people are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour in Scotland. This includes around 44,000 people under the age of 18.

More funding than ever before is being provided to support carers and young carers. From 2007 to 2016 the Scottish Government has invested over £122 million in a range of programmes and initiatives including:

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act will be commenced on April 1, 2018.

The Act extends and enhances the rights of carers. Provisions in the Act will ensure better and more consistent support for carers and young carers so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, in better health and to have a life alongside caring.

The Implementation Steering Group is established with representation from carers, National Carer Organisations, local authorities, health boards, IJBs, COSLA, and other key interests. Working groups on specific workstreams have also been established to help inform drafting of the Regulations.