The Carers Bill passed its third and final stage in the Scottish Parliament on 4th February and has been passed into law as the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.
The provisions of the Bill will be implemented from 2017. They include the removal of the requirement for carers to provide regular and substantial care, meaning that support plans are open to all carers. National carers’ organisations, however, are disappointed with some of the outcomes, such as local eligibility criteria, agreed by local authorities, rather than at national level.
The Coalition of Carers in Scotland has produced a briefing that provides a summary of the final amendments made to the Bill and those that were debated, but not passed, by the Parliament.