Consultation on timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of terminally ill persons

Consultation paper to seek views on and help inform regulations to prescribie timescales for the completion of adult carer support plans and young carers statements, for carers of terminally ill persons under the Carers (Scotland) 2016 Act.


1. The local authority for the area in which the cared-for person lives.

2. This is normally the local authority where the young carer lives but in special cases can be a health board or a grant-aided or independent school.


4. This is consistent with the definition of terminal illness used for social security benefits administered by the UK Government Department for Work and Pensions. It is different from the definition set out in the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018, which will apply to the delivery of disability assistance in Scotland.

5. Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 Statutory Guidance: (Part 2, Chapter 1 and Part 2, Chapter 2)

6. A DS1500 provides essential information about a patient’s prognosis and can be used by a patient to apply for social security benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions under special rules.

7. Our guidance will link to the forthcoming ‘Guidance for doctors completing benefits assessment under special rules in Scotland (BASRiS) form for Terminal Illness’, to be published by the Chief Medical Officer.


Email: Joanne Pierce

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