Carers Trust Scotland has worked with the National Carer Organisations to put together a Manifesto for unpaid carers in Scotland, in preparation for the Scottish Parliament elections in May 2016. We are calling on all political parties to commit to:

  • Adequate resources to implement the Carers Bill
  • Increased efforts to improve short break provision
  • Better, preventative support for carers
  • Improved financial support for carers
  • Sufficient, sustainable funding for social care
  • Supporting carers in and into employment
  • Introducing health checks for all carers

Following the 2016 elections, the new Scottish Parliament will be in charge of implementing the Carers Bill. New powers for Scotland following the Scotland Bill will mean the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government will be able to make changes for carers and their families by improving the social security benefits that are available. We will work with candidates in the run-up to the election and with the new MSPs following the election to ensure that carers’ rights are promoted, protected and acknowledged.