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Draft Local Eligibility Criteria For Carer Support - Consultation Summary Report

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 comes into effect on 1 April 2018. The Act details the advice, information and support which unpaid carers are entitled to in order to support them in their caring role enabling them to maintain their health and well being and to have a life alongside caring.

Results of the Consultation

The consultation on the draft local criteria for carer support closed on 28 January 2018.

Thank you to everyone who took part and provided comments.

Thank you also to Carers of West Lothian for supporting the development of the criteria and the consultation process.

The responses to the consultation were as follows:

1.    Do the eligibility criteria cover all the areas of someone's life where their caring responsibilities could have an impact?

  • 70% of respondents said they did.

2.    Do the eligibility criteria explain how the impact of caring will be measured and used to identify the level of support need a carer has?

  • 74% of respondents said they did.

3.    Is there anything that you think should be added or changed?

  • Respondents to the consultation provided a variety of comments.
  • 24% of the comments were not relevant to the eligibility criteria framework.
  • 76% of the comments were in relation to issues which can have an impact on carers when undertaking their caring role.

The proposed eligibility framework has seven key outcome areas for carers:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living environment
  • Employment and skills
  • Finance
  • Life balance
  • Future planning

We have reflected on the comments we received and the carer outcome areas within the eligibility framework enable the issues raised by respondents to be recognised and acknowledged when determining eligibility for carer support.

The finalised West Lothian Eligibility Criteria for Carer Support will be published by 31 March 2018 in line with the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.

Consultation on the draft West Lothian eligibility criteria

Find further information about the Draft Local Eligibility Criteria For Carer Support.