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Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force on 1 April 2018. It introduces new legal rights for carers and young carers in Scotland as well as building on existing rights and good practice. 

The legal definition of a carer has changed in Scotland to:

'An individual who provides or intends to provide care for another individual'.

The Act defines the meaning of a carer.

The Act brings about new legal duties for the local authority and the health board:

The Act affords carers legal rights:

  • Right to an Adult Carer Support Plan or Young carers Statement
  • Right to support to meet "eligible needs"
  • The right to be involved in services
  • The right to be involved in the hospital discharge process of the person you care for

You can find out more on the Scottish Government website - Carers Charter or refer to the Carers webpages to get a wide range of information about how the Act translates at local level.

You can also refer to the Glossary to help you understand the terms used.