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Our meetings

Coalition of Carers meeting

The Coalition of Carers holds 4 meetings a year throughout Scotland. They aim to bring carers and staff from local carer organisations together with key decision makers from national and local government.  They also provide the opportunity for people to network and share best practice from across Scotland.  Meetings are free to all members.

Our member meetings in 2017 will be held on

  • Wednesday 30th August 2017
  • Wednesday 29th November 2017
  • Wednesday 28th March 2018

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will focus on the next steps for the The Carers Act and the Social Security Bill

Date: 30th August
Venue: Dewar Centre, Perth
Time: 10.30am to 3.00pm

The Carers (Scotland) Act
April 2018, when the Carers Act will become law, is fast approaching.  Our meeting will include:

  • A chance to contribute to the consultation on the regulations which will provide some of the detail on how the Act must be implemented
  • Information from Dundee and South Ayrshire on the areas of the Act they are piloting, including local eligibility criteria, Adult Carer Support Plans and palliative care
  • Sharing how preparations are going in each local area.  Where is best practice emerging and where are the challenges?
  • Making it personal – looking at what we mean by personal outcomes.  If you are a carer, what are your aspirations and personal solutions for support?

The Social Security (Scotland) Bill

  • The Bill has recently been introduced to Parliament and the government is consulting on it. The Bill outlines how the social security agency will be set up in Scotland and the plans for Carers Allowance and Disability Benefits.  We will be asking for your views on the government’s plans

You can book a place with Eventbrite, by following this link

The following papers are available to download

Last Meeting – Equal, Expert and Valued

The last meeting of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland was held on Wednesday 29th March at The City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ

The theme of the meeting was ‘Equal, Expert and Valued’ and included:

  • An update from the Scottish Government on preparations for the Carers Act
  • The opportunity to contribute to the developing regulations and guidance to accompany  The Carers Act
  • ‘Equal, Expert and Valued’. A report on carer representatives experience on Integrated Joint Boards

Presentation material from the meeting is available below:

Previous Meetings – Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held on Wednesday 26th October at the Apex Waterloo Hotel, 23 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BH

The theme of the meeting was ‘A New Future for Social Security’ and included information and discussion on the government’s consultation on social security in Scotland.

The meeting was introduced by the Minister for Social Security, Jeanne Freeman

The following papers are available to download:

 ‘Fair Funding for Care’

This meeting was held on Wednesday 29th of June at the Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling.  The theme of the meeting was ‘Fair Funding for Care’ and included

  • Paying For Austerity – Social Care Charges in Scotland
    Ian Hood, Coordinator of the Learning Disability Alliance
  • Care Policy and Equality: International models of good practice
    Kirstein Rummery, Professor of Social Policy, Stirling University
  • Planning for an Emergency, Enable Scotland
  • Sustainable funding for local carer services, Graham Reekie

The following papers are available to download:


AGM – November 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland was held on Wednesday 25th November at the Apex Hotel, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BH.

The theme of the meeting was a ‘Healthier- Wealthier-Fairer’ Scotland for carers

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport introduced the government’s plans for a healthier and fairer Scotland.  This was be followed by an interactive session to allow the government to hear directly from carers.

In the afternoon we had an update on the Carers Bill, and what amendments have been made in Stage 2 before it becomes an Act of Law.

The following papers are available:

Previous Meetings of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland

Our previous meeting was in  Glasgow on the 25th of March.   We disussed the Carers Bill and the legislative process.  We also hald an interactive session briging together views on the Bill.

The following papers are available

Annual General Meeting of the Coalition of Carers in Scotland 2014

Our A.G.M in Edinburgh on the 26th of November. We asked the question – If Scotland has more devolved powers – what will this mean for carers?

The following papers are available to download:

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