Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act will take effect from 1 April 2018, but there are some issues which need to be finalised before the act is implemented, and you can get involved by taking part in this consultation.

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is responsible for determining the eligibility criteria for carers in East Dunbartonshire. These are the criteria which local health and social work services will use to decide whether or not they have a duty under the Act to provide support to carers.

What are eligibility criteria?

Eligibility criteria are based on the impact of the caring role on the carer and what level of advice and support the carer may access.  The East Dunbartonshire eligibility criteria aim to:

  • support the health and wellbeing of the carer by identifying their personal needs and outcomes
  • enable the carer to access an appropriate balance of information, advice and support to meet these needs and achieve personal outcomes
  • ensure the carer’s right to have their eligible needs met.

The eligibility criteria allow for outcomes to be defined at all levels of support for carers, so that the benefits of accessing both preventative and more intensive support are clear and measurable.  Our criteria are the same for both Adult and Young Carers, and will link to other relevant frameworks, for example, ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’.


East Dunbartonshire HSCP invites you to comment on the draft Eligibility Criteria for Carers.  This is a really important opportunity for you to express your thoughts about the criteria, and to suggest changes that you think will improve carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. To participate in the consultation please click on the following weblink

Closing date for consultation is 10th December 2017