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Carers Bill To Increase Support For Scottish Families

The Scottish Government has announced that the rights of carers in Scotland will be put into law in order to aid them in obtaining the necessary support they are entitled to.

The Carers' Bill, which is expected to pass through the Scottish Parliament,  is designed to ensure every carer in Scotland has their own support plan. Furthermore, the bill will look to set out their needs and ensure they are granted the help and support they are entitled to.

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The Bill will look to support carers at a government and local level, with advice and information points in each area set up to aid carers. Under the scheme such information areas will grant carers more opportunities to take short breaks.

The move was announced by health improvement minister Jamie Hepburn as he visited young carers to get their views on the situation.

Speaking at the event Mr Hepburn said: "Society owes those who provide a caring role a massive debt of gratitude.

"We will probably never be able to do enough to truly reflect the contribution they make, but I believe that the Carers Bill is an important step towards recognising the huge contribution that carers make to their family, friends, communities and the wider economy.

"I hope that the measures in this Bill will go some way towards allowing carers to balance their caring responsibilities with other things they want to achieve in their lives, helping them to be happier and healthier.

"We've made great progress in recent years. The Scottish Government has invested £13.7m for short breaks for carers and their loved ones, and we've put £28.9m into health boards to provide for direct support for carers.

"The Carers Bill will allow us to accelerate the progress that has been made and to ensure that the standard of support is provided consistently across the country."

Aid Families

The move is expected to aid families and carers by providing information to all carers and ensuring that the highest standards are maintained.

Many young people are left to care for their parents or loved ones following serious illnesses or injuries, but are not given the support and advice to support their loved one. It is hoped that the bill and involvement of local authorities will provide information on carers in Scotland, and aid the standard of care for loved ones.

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