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Calls for new model of social care support

By on August 1, 2016 in News
Calls for new model of social care support

Scotland’s social care support system is in crisis, failing disabled people and carers and not delivering value for money in Scotland. That’s the view of a coalition of 16 Scottish organisations, including The Coalition of Carers in Scotland, who are calling for urgent action by national and local government and policymakers. Our shared ambition was […]

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When will the Carers (Scotland) Act become law?

By on July 6, 2016 in News

This is a question which many people have been asking over the last few months and the government has now confirmed that the The Carers (Scotland) Act will commence on the 1st April 2018. The Act will require significant preparation by the government, local authorities and health boards before this date. Regulations and Guidance will […]

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Carers Allowance – Briefing Paper

By on June 6, 2016 in News
Carers Allowance – Briefing Paper

Recent policy and legislative developments have provided the opportunity to make changes to carer benefits. The Scotland Act 2016 was passed in March 2016 and it included devolution of a range of social security powers, including carer and disability benefits. In addition The Scottish National Party have appointed a Minister for Social Security, who will […]

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Carers Parliament – Ballot Now Open

By on June 6, 2016 in News
Carers Parliament – Ballot Now Open

The fifth Carers Parliament will be held on the 2nd of November 2016 at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh There are places for two carers from each of the 73 Scottish Parliamentary constituencies. Places will be decided by a ballot, which will be held in late July with successful delegates informed in early August. Some funding is available to support […]

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What did the parties promising carers?

By on May 2, 2016 in News
What did the parties promising carers?

Carers featured prominantly in this years Scottish elections, with almost all the main parties making commitments to carers in their party manifestos You can download a summary of the key manifesto commitments here We also heard directly from representatives of each of the main political parties at our Hustings meeting on the 30th of March.You […]

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Guidance for Carer Advocacy Services

By on April 14, 2016 in News
Guidance for Carer Advocacy Services

The Scottish Government and COSLA have just produced Guidance for Carer Advocacy Services. In introducing it, the previous Minister, Jamie Hepburn said ‘We are pleased to introduce this Guidance which seeks to promote best practice in Scotland in relation to advocacy for adult carers. We recognise the important role advocacy plays in helping safeguard people […]

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Carers Manifesto Launched

By on March 25, 2016 in News
Carers Manifesto Launched

  The National Carer Organisations have worked with carers and carers’ services to develop a manifesto for unpaid carers in Scotland. During the campaign for the Scottish Parliament elections in May 2016, we are calling on all political parties to commit to investing in carers, through: Adequate resources to 
implement the Carers Bill Increased efforts […]

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Carers Bill Passed by Parliament

By on February 23, 2016 in News
Carers Bill Passed by Parliament

The Carers Bill was passed by Parliament on the 4th of February 2016.  The next step is for it to receive Royal Assent, after which it will become an Act of Parliament. Over the next year the Regulations and Guidance will be developed, which will provide details to Local Authorities and Health Boards on how […]

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The Carers (Scotland) Bill – Summary of Stage 3

By on February 5, 2016 in News
The Carers (Scotland) Bill – Summary of Stage 3

The Stage 3 debate for the Carers (Scotland) Bill was held in Parliament on the 4th of February and the Bill was voted through to become an Act of Parliament. Several of the amendments supported by carers and carer support organisations were passed. There were also some disappointments, including the failure of the amendment to […]

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Stage 3 Debate – The Carers (Scotland) Bill

By on February 3, 2016 in News
Stage 3 Debate – The Carers (Scotland) Bill

The final debate of the Carers Bill will be held in parliament on  Thursday 4th February. This debate is the final opportunity to make changes to the Bil, after which it will become an Act pf Parliament. The National Carer Organisations have produced a briefing paper which outlines the amendments that will be considered and […]

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