From Joanne Pierce, Policy Officer, Carers Policy, Social Care Policy and Delivery Division , Mental Health and Social Care Directorate, Scottish Government
Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, would like to highlight the new legal duties in relation to unpaid carers who support people with terminal illness in his attached letter. These duties are in The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 (Adult Carers and Young Carers of Terminally Ill Persons: Timescales for Adult Carer Support Plans and Young Carer Statements etc.) Regulations 2021(SSI 133/2021) (the Regulations) and in the Directions attached to this letter. Both which came into force on 31 July 2021.
The Regulations set timescales for preparation of adult carer support plans and young carer statements. They were approved by the Scottish Parliament in March this year and come into force on 31July 2021. The Directions set timescales for offering carers an adult carer support plan or young carer statement. They are attached to this letter and can also be accessed through these links : Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 – Directions (Integration Authorities) and Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 – Directions (Local Authorities).
In order to support implementation of the Regulations and Directions, we have also updated the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, Statutory Guidance.
Once again, thank you for everything you do to support individuals and their unpaid carers.