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Social work faces watershed

By on September 23, 2016 in News
Social work faces watershed

A report released in September 2016 reports that social work in Scotland is at a watershed and the public and service users must be more involved in shaping future provision. The report by the Accounts Commission, the local government spending watchdog, says councils now spend £3.1 billion on social work providing services to many vulnerable […]

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Government’s Consultation on Social Security

By on September 9, 2016 in News
Government’s Consultation on Social Security

The Scotland Act 2016 will devolve a number of social security powers to the Scottish Parliament. This includes powers over several benefits, including Carers Allowance and Disability Benefits. They are currently consulting on how they will develop a new social security system for Scotland and on their plans for reforming the benefits that have been […]

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Health and Care Experience Survey Published

By on August 25, 2016 in News
Health and Care Experience Survey Published

The Government has recently published the Health and Care Experience Survey for 2015/16 This includes an analysis of responses from carers on their experiences of the health and care system.  Below is a summary of the findings.  For more details you can download the full report, by following this Link Carers: Summary of Findings The […]

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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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