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Briefings

The following Briefing papers have been produced by the Coalition of Carers in Scotland and are available free to download:

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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

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 AdvocacyThe Scottish Government and COSLA have produced Guidance for Carer Advocacy Services.  The guidance can be downloaded here

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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.

Carers (Scotland) Bill Briefing

The following briefing papers provide more detailed information on the areas where we argued for the Bill to be amended, added to, or strengthened:

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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

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AlexSalmondThe 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

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scottishparlThis 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

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StitchThis 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

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JSCLocal 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

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QualityThe 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


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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.

IntegrationOur Public Bodies (Integration) Briefing Paper provides more information and you can respond to the consultation using our Carer Response Form.


flagsReferendum – What does it mean for carers?  outlines the arguments for and against independence, set out by the Better Together campaign and the Yes Campaign.


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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


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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


Nicola Sturgeon meets carers at VOCALThe 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.


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Equal & Expert: 3 best practice standards for carer engagement

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.

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