Publication - Advice and guidance

Carers' charter

Published: 23 Mar 2018
Part of:
Equality and rights, Health and social care

The charter will help carers understand their rights under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.

Carers' charter


The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 [1] (the Act) takes effect from 1 April 2018.

The Act extends and enhances the rights of carers in Scotland to help improve their health and wellbeing, so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, and have a life alongside caring.

As required by section 36 of the Act the Scottish Ministers have prepared this Carers' charter, setting out the rights of carers in or under the Act.

The Act also requires local authorities to have a local information and advice service for carers. These services must provide information and advice about a number of things relevant to carers, including the carers' rights set out in the Carers' charter.