Scottish Government - Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 Regulations
Alzheimer Scotland responded to call evidence by the Scottish Government in relation to their consultation on regulations relating to the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.
Specifically, the regulations looked at the circumstances for review of Carer Support Plans and Short Break Service Statements.
Summary of Response
Alzheimer Scotland broadly agreed with the regulations as proposed, however, our response suggested that the regulations could be strengthened in the following ways:
- We expressed concern that ‘material impact’ was open to different interpretations in relation to a person's caregiving role and would potentially lead to variation in the practice of reviewing carer support across Scotland,.
- In addition to the formal provisions, we believe that carers’ themselves or professionals (such as a health or social care professional) with knowledge of the carer or cared-for person should be able to initiate a review of their plan through a request to the relevant professional, if they believe that there has been a material change in circumstances which alters their need for support.
- Alzheimer Scotland suggested that it may be helpful for the inclusion of a specific provision for the review of an Adult Carer Support Plans where a carer takes on proxy-decision making powers, such as Power of Attorney or Guardianship as these would be likely be indicators of a significant increase in the support a carer is providing.
- In relation to Short Breaks Services Statements, Alzheimer Scotland suggested that the Regulations should require the inclusion of information about where to direct enquiries for information on how to access support for Short Breaks, as this is likely to be the most relevant information.
- We suggested that in relation to specific sections (under sections 24 and 25) the regulations should make clear a carer’s need or potential to benefit from a short break under section 25(2), should be assessed by the local authority regardless of any support identified under section 24(4).