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Caring Together and Getting it Right for Young Carers: The Carers and Young Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 - 2015

Progress Report on implementation and related developments to support carers and young carers

This report summarises the action in hand to support carers and young carers. It addresses many of the issues raised by carers and young carers at the first Carers Parliament. It also takes on board some of the concerns raised. Better outcomes are being achieved for some carers and young carers. For others, there is much more to do. Work to support carers and young carers is through implementation of the Carers and Young Carers Strategies and through wider legislative opportunities and policy and practice-based developments.

The Scottish Government has invested, and is investing, over £98 million in supporting carers and young carers between 2008 and 2015. This is supplemented by resources through the dementia and other strategies and through funding to individual condition-specific organisations which support carers. Moreover, over the next 10 years the Life Changes Trust will invest £25 million in supporting people newly diagnosed with dementia (and as the illness progresses) and their carers. The allocation of the £98 million is set out in Table 1 on page 3.

Local authorities, with Health Boards, the voluntary sector and other partners are responsible for supporting carers and young carers within their areas. This report includes a small selection of local initiatives gathered by the Scottish Government’s Carers Branch over the past year.