The Self-directed Support Act aims to provide local authorities with a power to support carers in their caring role. This section provides further information for Carers and the support available through Self-directed Support.

"the Scottish Government recognises carers as partners in care - partners who require to be acknowledged, supported and equipped to continue to provide unpaid care." 

- Self-directed Support: a national strategy for Scotland (November 2010)

Carers and young carers in Scotland provide invaluable support to the family, friends and neighbours that they care for.  The Scottish Government recognises the importance of supporting carers and young carers to remain in their caring roles and to be able to lead a life alongside their caring responsibilities.

Read about the Scottish Government's commitment to working with and supporting carers in Caring Together: The Carers Strategy 2010-2015.

The Carers (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on March 9, 2015. The Bill will ensure better and more consistent support for carers and young carers so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, in better health and to have a life alongside caring.

The Bill will:

  • Introduce the Adult Carer Support Plan
  • Introduce a Young Carers Statement to recognise the unique needs of young carers
  • Place a duty on local authorities to provide support to carers and young carers based on local eligibility criteria
  • Ensure that carers and young carers will be at the centre of decision making on how services are designed, delivered and evaluated
  • Place a duty on local authorities to create an information and advice service

Find out more from the Scottish Government on the latest developments regarding the Carers (Scotland) Bill and understanding the legislative process.

Carers and the Self-directed Support Act

The Self-directed Support Act provides local authorities with a power to support carers in their caring role. Where such support is provided, local authorities have a duty to offer the carer the same options for their support as are provided to service users. The Self-directed Support statutory guidance reinforces this message and sets out how support to carers can prevent crisis.

For more information see:

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 and Explanatory Notes

Self-directed Support Act 2013 Easy Read Guide [PDF - 4MB]

The Self-directed Support Statutory Guidance


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