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Carers (Scotland) Bill: Equality Impact Assessment

Published: 1 May 2015
Part of:
Health and social care
ISBN:
9781785443398

An Equality Impact Assessment for the Carers (Scotland) Bill

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Carers (Scotland) Bill: Equality Impact Assessment
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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.

3. 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?"

4. 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 separately for carers aged 4-15 and aged 16+, as SHeS sample is designed to produce estimates for children (aged under 16) and adults (aged 16 plus) separately. 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 for the total numbers of young carers presented here are estimated, also from

5. http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_Bills/Carers%20(Scotland)%20Bill/b61s4-introd-pm.pdf

6. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2014/01/4757

7. Scottish Government Response to 'Carers Legislation - Consultation on Proposals - January 2014 - http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/2211/downloads

8. Ibid

9. Carers Scotland Bill Policy Memorandum http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_Bills/Carers%20(Scotland)%20Bill/b61s4-introd-pm.pdf

10. Scottish Government Scotland's Carers (2015) http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/1081/downloads

11. ibid

12. ibid

13. Census 2011. A long-term condition was defined as one which lasted 12 months or more. Respondents were asked to self-select from a list of options comprising: deafness or partial hearing loss, blindness or partial sight loss, learning disability (for example Down's syndrome), learning difficulty (for example dyslexia), developmental disorder (for example Autistic spectrum disorder or Asperger's syndrome), physical disability, mental health condition, long term illness, disease or condition, other condition (respondent to specify), no condition.

14. Scottish Government Scotland's Carers (2015) http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/1081/downloads

15. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/1081/downloads

16. Arskey H Hirst, M (2005) Unpaid Carers Access to and Use of Primary Care Services, Primary Health Care Research and Development 6 pp 101-116 http://php.york.ac.uk/inst/spru/pubs/2/

17. LGBT Community Needs Assessment Report
http://www.lgbthealth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Needs-Assessment-Sept-07-_Updated-Dec-07_.pdf

18. Scottish Government Scotland's Carers (2013)

19. 2011: Key Results on Population, Ethnicity, Identity, Language, Religion, Health, Housing and Accommodation in Scotland - Release 2A http://scotlandscensus.gov.uk/news/census-2011-release-2a

20. Hidden Carers - Unheard Voices - Informal caring within the Gypsy/Traveller Community in Scotland http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_EqualOpportunitiesCommittee/Inquiries/MECOPP.pdf


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