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Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

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  1. Introduction

  2. The Act

  3. Background

  4. Commentary on Parts

    1. Part 1 – Key Definitions

      1. Meanings of “carer”, “young carer” and “adult carer”

        1. Section 1 - Meaning of “carer”

        2. Section 2 - Meaning of “young carer”

        3. Section 3 - Meaning of “adult carer”

      2. Meanings of “personal outcomes" etc.

        1. Section 4 – Meaning of “personal outcomes”

        2. Section 5 - Meaning of “identified personal outcomes” and “identified needs”

    2. Part 2 – Adult Carer Support Plans and Young Carer Statements

      1. Chapter 1 – Adult carer support plans

        1. Duty to prepare adult carer support plan

          1. Section 6 - Duty to prepare adult carer support plan

          2. Section 7 – Adult carers of terminally ill cared-for persons

          3. Section 8 – Adult carers: identification of outcomes and needs for support

          4. Section 9 - Content of adult carer support plan

          5. Section 10 - Review of adult carer support plans

        2. Provision of information about plan

          1. Section 11 - Adult carer support plan: provision of information to carer etc.

      2. Chapter 2 – Young carer statements

        1. Duty to prepare young carer statement

          1. Section 12 - Duty to prepare young carer statement

          2. Section 13 – Young carers of terminally ill cared-for persons

          3. Section 14 – Young carers: identification of outcomes and needs for support

        2. Content and review of young carer statement

          1. Section 15 – Content of young carer statement

          2. Section 16 - Review of young carer statements

        3. Provision of information about statement

          1. Section 17 - Young carer statement: provision of information to carer etc.

        4. Continuation of young carer statement

          1. Section 18 - Continuation of young carer statement

        5. Meaning of responsible authority: young carers

          1. Section 19 - Responsible authority: general

          2. Section 20 - Responsible authority: special cases

    3. Part 3 – Provision of Support to Carers

      1. Chapter 1 – Eligibility Criteria

        1. Local eligibility criteria

          1. Section 21 - Duty to set local eligibility criteria

          2. Section 22 - Publication and review of criteria

        2. National eligibility criteria

          1. Section 23 - National eligibility criteria

      2. Chapter 2 – Duty to provide support to carers

        1. Section 24 - Duty to provide support

        2. Section 25 - Provision of support to carers: breaks from caring

        3. Section 26 - Charging for support provided to carers

    4. Part 4 – Carer Involvement

      1. Section 27 - Duty to involve carers in carer services

      2. Section 28 – Carer involvement in hospital discharge of cared-for persons

      3. Section 29 - Involvement of, assistance to and collaboration with carers

      4. Section 30 - Care assessments: duty to take account of care and views of carers

    5. Part 5 – Local Carer Strategies

      1. Section 31 - Duty to prepare local carer strategy

      2. Section 32 - Preparation of local carer strategy

      3. Section 33 - Publication and review of local carer strategy

    6. Part 6 – Information and Advice for Carers

      1. Information and advice service

        1. Section 34 - Information and advice service for carers

      2. Short breaks services statements

        1. Section 35 - Short breaks services statements

      3. Carers’ Charter

        1. Section 36 – Carers’ charter

    7. Part 7 – General Provision

      1. Guidance and directions

        1. Section 37 - Guidance and directions to local authorities

        2. Section 38 – Guidance and directions to health boards and directing authorities

      2. Assistance to and by voluntary organisations etc.

        1. Section 39 - Financial and other assistance to voluntary organisations etc.

        2. Section 40 - Assistance by voluntary organisations etc.

    8. Part 8 – Final Provisions

      1. Section 41 - Interpretation

      2. Section 42 - Regulations

      3. Section 43 - Ancillary provision

      4. Section 44 - Consequential modifications

      5. Section 45 - Commencement

      6. Section 46 - Short title

    9. Schedule – Consequential Modifications

  5. Parliamentary History

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