The following Briefing papers have been produced by the Coalition of Carers in Scotland and are available free to download:
The National Carer Organisations have produced a briefing paper on Carers Allowance, explaining how Carers Alowance will be devolved to Scotland and our recommentations for change You can download a copy of the briefing paper here copy
The Scottish Government and COSLA have produced Guidance for Carer Advocacy Services. The guidance can be downloaded here
The Carers (Scotland) Bill was passed by Parliament on the 4th of February 2016. The National Carer Organisations have produced a summary of the final Bill.
The following briefing papers provide more detailed information on the areas where we argued for the Bill to be amended, added to, or strengthened:
- National Eligibility Criteria Briefing
- Health Services Briefing
- Short Breaks Briefing
- Equalities Briefing
- Advocacy Briefing
- Slow Start Briefing
This briefing paper explains why carers believe the eligibility criteria for carer support must be National rather than Local. It provides 5 CLEAR reasons in favour of National Eligibility Criteria. You can download a copy here: 5 CLEAR Reasons for National Eligibility Critieria
The Carers (Scotland) Bill was introduced to parliament on the 9th of March. This briefing paper provides a summary of the provisions within the Bill. It also gives an analysis of which areas reflect the views of the majority of carers, which areas need strengthening or go against the views of carers and where provisions need to be added. You can download a copy here: The Carers (Scotland) Bill – a briefing paper for carers
This briefing paper explains the legislative process and how a Bill makes its way through parliament. it also explains what happens once it becomes law and how carers can get involved and influence the parliamentary process. You can download a copy here: Understanding how law is made – A guide for carers
This briefing paper brings together evidence from a joint project between The Coalition of Carers and Evaluation Support Scotland. The Stitch in Time? programme team worked with eleven carer organisations in Scotland to develop a logic model and a range of tools to help them evaluate their services
The briefing paper evidences how local carer organisations support carers to achieve their personal outcomes and how this outcome approach is evaluated. You can download the paper here: Stitch in Time Carers Case Study
Local areas now have to involve local people in decisions they make about the services they plan, deliver and commission. This briefing paper explains what Joint Strategic Commissioning is and how carers can contribute in their local area and have a say about the services they use. More information can be found in our paper Joint Strategic Commissioning – A Briefing Paper for Carers
The government is reviewing the National Care Standards and is proposing that the new standards should be underpinned by a human rights based approach. The National Carer Organisations have produced a briefing paper outlining the changes and you have until the 17th of September to make your views known. More information can be found in our Briefing Paper on National Care Standards Review
This briefing paper looks at statistical information on the caring population. Including bringing together information from the Census 2011 on carers and answering the question How Many Carers Are there in Scotland by – looking at the recommended estimate from the Scottish Government
The Government consultation on the Regulations for the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 is open until the 1st of August. These regulations set out how each local area must prepare for health and social services to integrate and how carers must be involved in this process.
Referendum – What does it mean for carers? outlines the arguments for and against independence, set out by the Better Together campaign and the Yes Campaign.
Consultation on the Carers Bill has now closed and the Bill will be introduced in early 2015. This paper brings together the key arguments in favour of a strong Bill bringing new rights to carers.
Download: 10 Things to think about
We are calling for the Scottish Government to include a Duty for carers to be involved in hospital discharge procedures in the forthcoming Carers Bill. This briefing paper explains why: Carers Experience of Hospital Discharge
The Government’s Expert Group on Welfare Reform has produced a report – Re-Thinking Welfare which puts forward plans for reforming welfare benefits in an independent Scotland. This includes changes to Carers Allowance.
Find out more in our paper: Re-Thinking Welfare, A Briefing Paper for Carers.
New legislation relating to Self-Directed Support came into force in April 2014. This includes new regulation on waiving charges for carers. Find out more in our Charging Briefing for Carers.
We have produced a set of 3 best practice standards for carer engagement. These set out key standards to ensure that carers engagement is meaningful, properly resourced and that carers are treated as equal partners on planning groups.