After 2 years of development and consultation, the Carers Act (Scotland) will be implemented on 1st April. 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. You can find out about your rights in the Carers’ charter, which has been published by the Scottish Government, and covers:

1. Who is a carer? You are a carer if you provide (or intend to provide) care for another person – but not if:

  • this is only because the person is under 18
  • you are caring because you have a contract, or you do it as a volunteer

2.  Adult carers have a right to an ‘adult carers support plan’

3. Young carers have a right to a ‘young carer statement’

4. Carers have a right to support to meet any ‘eligible needs’

5. Carers have a right to be involved in services.

6. Carers have a right to be involved in the hospital discharge process of the person they are, or are going to be, caring for.