Call for views from people with caring responsibilities

The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee would like to hear carers’ views on the Carers (Scotland) Bill.

On 25 March 2015, the Committee invited views on the Bill from any interested individuals or organisations. This invitation is open until 22 April 2015.

In addition to this, the Committee would like to hear from people with caring responsibilities on how they feel the proposed new laws may affect them. 


The Scottish Government is proposing new laws that intend to ensure that carers’ needs are identified and that carers are given the support they require. The Carers (Scotland) Bill is the document that sets out the proposed new laws. If this Bill is passed by the Scottish Parliament, it would mean that all adult carers would have a support plan, and that young carers would be offered a young carer’s statement.

Support plans and young carer’s statements would outline what the carer wants to achieve and set out the support they need to help them in their caring role. The Bill would also make sure that carers who meet certain criteria would have their support needs met by the local council.

Local councils would have to produce a plan for identifying and meeting carers’ needs and they would have to establish services for giving carers information and advice. The Bill would also widen the definition of carer to include people who are providing some level of care to another person, whether or not that person receives community care services.

The Health and Sport Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 1 of its passage through the Scottish Parliament and then publish a report on the general principles of the proposed new laws. To help the Committee in its consideration, carers are being invited to send their views on what is being proposed.  For example—

  1. What do you think about the proposals to offer adult carers a support plan and to offer young carers a young carer's statement?
  2. What do you think about the proposal that councils must consider, in particular, whether the support they provide should take the form of a break from caring for those with caring responsibilities?
  3. What do you think about local councils being given the responsibility to establish information and advice services for carers?
  4. What do you think about councils setting local criteria for those who would be eligible for support?
  5. Is there anything you think should be changed or added to the Bill?


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The Committee normally publishes the views it receives on its webpages, in line with its policy below. If you would not like your views to be made public, please contact the clerking team.


What happens next?

The Committee will consider the views it receives and invite a number of individuals and organisations to discuss the Bill in further detail. These discussions will take place at public meetings of the Committee in May and June 2015 so please send us your views before then, if possible.

Further contact information and alternative formats

Should you require alternative formats of this information or further assistance in sending your views to the Committee, please contact the clerking team.