1. Scottish Health Survey ( SHeS). The number of carers identified through the SHeS is much higher than the number identified through the Census 2011. That figure stands at 492,231 adult carers and young carers combined. We believe that the difference is due primarily to the SHeS being an interview survey where each adult answers the question separately, rather than one person answering for the whole household: this more readily helps people to identify themselves as carers. The question is: "Do you look after, or give any regular help or support to family members, friends, neighbours, or others because of either a long-term physical condition, mental ill-health or disability; or problems related to old age?"
2. The Scottish Government published Scotland's Carers, An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland on 24 March 2015 http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0047/00473691.pdf. This data is presented on the basis of under 16s and over 16s, as the weighting in the SHeS is designed for this age split. Since the Bill's definition of young carer relates to under 18s (or a carer who has attained the age of 18 while a pupil at a school, and has since attaining that age remained a pupil at that or another school), the figures presented here make an estimate, based on the data, to include 16 and 17 year-olds.
4. Scottish Government Response to 'Carers Legislation - Consultation on Proposals - January 2014' http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/2211
5. Carers Legislation - Analysis of Consultation Responses http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/7622