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Caring Together and Getting it Right

The Scottish Parliament building

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers welcomed the Scottish Government’s Caring Together and Getting it Right for Young Carers strategies launched on 26 July 2010 at The Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire Carers Centre.

The national strategies set out key targets for local authorities, health boards and other strategic partners in relation to support for Scotland’s 657,000 unpaid carers and young carers. The strategy is supported by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA).

Backed by £5 million over five years for the voluntary sector to support respite for carers of all ages, the strategy was unveiled by Public Health Minister Shona Robison as she met with adult and young carers at The Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire Carers Centre in Hamilton.

The adult strategy – Caring Together – lays out specific commitments to help carers, including:

  • Creating a Carers Rights Charter
  • Investing in carers training, building on an existing £281,000 investment
  • Improving the identification of carers by health and social care services
  • Making carers' own health and wellbeing a priority
  • Promoting carer-friendly employment practices and encouraging income maximisation
  • In a Scottish and UK first, it includes a separate strategy on young carers – Getting it Right for Young Carers.

Ms Robison said: "Carers of all ages make a huge contribution to their families and to society. Their efforts help their loved ones to continue living independently - and their contribution as unpaid workers to health and social care is worth an estimated £7.68 billion a year.”

Florence Burke, the Director for Scotland for The Trust, added: “We are pleased that the Scottish Government and the Minister for Public Health have committed additional resources for short breaks, carer training and money for the 2011 Scottish Young Carers Festival.

“CoSLA’s support for both strategies is a welcome development. The support that health boards and other public sector organisations can offer to unpaid carers is crucial to delivering the vision set out in the strategies.

“This means that the local implementation of these strategies will be the real challenge – especially in light of the threat of frozen funding for Carers’ Centres. We urge local and national Government, health boards and other public sector bodies to ensure that appropriate and timely support for unpaid carers and young carers, who save the state over £7.6 billion per year, remains a top priority.”

Further Information:

The Scottish Government News Release - Help for Carers

Press Release - National Carers and Young Carers Strategy Launch and Young Carers Strategy Launch in Scotland

Published: 26 July 2010