Carers' Act Critera

Closed 31 Oct 2017

Opened 11 Sep 2017


Unpaid carers are the largest group of providers of care in Scotland. They should be recognised as equal partners in providing vital care and support. Carers should be supported and not be worse off by caring.

Carers, and the people they support, must be at the centre of care planning. They should have the opportunity to define their contribution to the care of the person, know what to expect and be clear about the support they are entitled to.

In the case of young carers, they are entitled to be children first and foremost, and should be aware that frameworks like ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ are also likely to be relevant to them.

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, implemented from 1 April 2018 is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing.  It puts a duty on the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership and Edinburgh Council to provide support to carers, where identified needs meet agreed eligibility criteria.
From April 2018 the local authority must:
  • identify carers’ needs for support
  • prepare an adult carer support plan or young carer statements to anyone who asks for one; 
  • provide support to carers and involve them in carers' services; 
  • establish information and advice services for carers; 
We will have a duty to provide support to carers that meet local eligibility criteria and to prepare a carers strategy for Edinburgh. 

Please read our draft eligibility criteria dociment (below) before taking the survey.

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Why We Are Consulting

We want to get this right before we finalise the framework.The best people to ask to review our criteria are the people who will benefit from the changes.

Our draft frameowrk of draft eligibility criteria covers two aspects:

1.      the definition of levels and types of need for support.

2.       the thresholds that must be met to be eligible for support.

Please tell us your thoughts, Are there any gaps? Is there anything else that we should add, or anything that we should think about changing?




  • All Edinburgh


  • People with long term conditions
  • People with disabilities
  • Carers
  • Voluntary sector/volunteers


  • Adults and Older People
  • Carers
  • Children and Families
  • Disabilities
  • Health and Wellbeing