Policy consultations and responses in Scotland

We listen to unpaid carers of all ages and our networks of carer services across Scotland to influence and bring about positive change in Scotland and across the UK.

Carers Trust Scotland responds to relevant consultations by the Scottish and UK Governments and provides written or oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament when requested. 

In responding to proposed policies, laws, strategies and regulations, Carers Trust Scotland represents the views and experiences of carers in Scotland, our Network Partners and carer services to make recommendations about how proposals can be improved to further carers' rights in Scotland.

2021

Carers Trust Scotland and Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance response to A National Care Service for Scotland consultation on behalf of young carers. 

This is a Carers Trust Scotland and Scottish Young Carers Service Alliance response to Scottish Government's consultation on A National Care Service for Scotland on behalf of young carers.  This is a specific response  focussing on the views of young people with caring responsibilities and has been informed through consultation exercises with young carers. 

NCO response to Scottish Government’s request for views on Minimum Income Guarantee 

This is a response to the Scottish Government's request for views on Minimum Income Guarantee. This is a National Carer Organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Carers Trust Scotland response to Collective Force for Health and Wellbeing: Refreshed Action Plan

This is a Carers Trust Scotland response to Collective Force for Health and Wellbeing: Harnessing the power of information for renewal and recovery from the COVID pandemic. This review is being undertaken by Scottish Library and Information Council, the ALLIANCE, the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, and the Scottish Government Self Management and Health Literacy team.

NCO response to the Social Justice and Social Security Committee call for views on the Carer's Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill

This is a response to the Social Justice and Social Security Committee call for views on the Carer's Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill. This is a National Carer Organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Carers Trust Scotland letter to Scottish Commission on Social Security - scrutiny of the draft Suspension of Assistance Regulations 

This is a Carers Trust Scotland letter to the Scottish Commission on Social Security following a request to provide views as part of their scrutiny on the the draft Suspension of Assistance (Disability Assistance for Children and Young People) (Scottish Child Payment) (Scotland) Regulations 2021.

A Manifesto for Unpaid Carers and Young Carers

The National Carer Organisations produced this manifesto in advance of the Scottish Parliament Election in May 2021. It reflects the key changes and concerns raised by many unpaid carers and young carers and sets out what we would like to see in the sixth Scottish Parliament term. We have also engaged with carer centres and young carers services across Scotland in developing this manifesto.

NCO response to the Scottish Ambulance Service initiative to improve patients' care journey after a fall with no injury 

This is a response to the Scottish Ambulance Service's consultation on improving patients' care journey after a fall with no injury. This is a National Carer Organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland: Briefing paper for unpaid carers

This is a briefing for unpaid carers following the report from the Scottish Government's Independent Review of Adult Social Care. It is a National Carer Organisations' joint briefing between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

NCO response to revised National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 

This is a response to the Scottish Government's consultation on revised National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland. This response was led by Carers Trust Scotland and supported by the other National Carer Organisations. The National Carer Organisations are; Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

2021 - Scottish Parliament Motions on behalf of Carers Trust Scotland 

Motion S6M-00650: Covid-19 in Scotland: The Impact on Unpaid Carers and Carer Service Support Workers

Motion S5M-24185: Launch of Carer Aware at University 

Motion S5M-24378: Young Carers Action Day 

Motion S5M-24435: Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance 

Motion S6M-00255: Carers Week 2021

2021 - Letters of support 

Joint letter to First Minister, asking to commit to doubling Scottish Child Payment in this year's budget

This is a joint letter to Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland. It is supported by over 120 organisations to urge Scottish Government to use the upcoming Programme for Government to commit to doubling the Scottish Child Payment in this year’s budget.

2020

NCO response to free bus travel for people resident in Scotland under 19

This is a response to the Scottish Government's consultation on free bus travel for under 19s in Scotland. This response was led by Carers Trust Scotland and supported by the other National Carer Organisations. The National Carer Organisations are; Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance. 

NCO response to United National Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

This is a response to the Scottish Government's consultation on UNCRC Incorporation Bill into Scots law. This response was led by Carers Trust Scotland and supported by the other National Carer Organisations. The National Carer Organisations are; Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance. 

NCO response to the Transitions Bill 2020

This is a response to the Proposed Member's Bill on Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions) (Scotland) Bill. It is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Briefing Young Carers Education 2020 - Carers Trust Scotland

A comment piece about the impact of young carers’ education in Scotland as result of actions taken following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

NCO response to the consultation on Shielding

This is a response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Shielding. This is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Briefing Coronavirus and Route Map out of Lockdown: Support to raise awareness of student carers in further and higher education

A comment piece about the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on student carers and recommendations for improved support.

NCO response to the consultation on Carers Leave

This is a response to Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy – Consultation on Carers Leave. This is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroad Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.   

NCO response to Scottish Parliament call for written evidence to the Social Care Inquiry

This is a response to Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee call for written evidence to the Social Care Inquiry. This is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroad Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.   

 

2020 - Scottish Parliament Motions on behalf of Carers Trust Scotland

Motion S5M-20583: #CountMeIn on Young Carers Awareness Day 

Motion S5M-21959: Carers Week 2020

Motion S5M-22726: Supporting Student Carers at College 

 

2020 - Letters of support

Joint letter to MSPs on UNCRC incorporation into Scots Law

This is a joint letter led by Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights), warmly welcoming the
introduction of a Bill to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots
law.

2019

Recognising Carers: Scottish Labour Discussion Paper on Carer's Allowance

This is a response to a discussion paper by the Labour Party in Scotland about Carer's Allowance. It is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Consultation on Job Grant

This is a response to the Scottish Government consultation on Job Grant. It is a national carer organisations' joint response between  Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Consultation on timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of terminally ill persons

This is a response to the Scottish Government consultation on timescales for adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of terminally ill persons. It is a national carer organisations’ joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroad Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.  

Changing Places Toilets: Building Standards Consultation 

This is a response to the Scottish Government Changing Places Toilets: Buildings Standrad Consultation. It is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroad Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance. 

A Consultation on Improving Disability Assistance in Scotland

This is a response to the Scottish Government consultation on Improving Disability Assistance in Scotland. It is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Consultation on incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into our domestic law in Scotland

This is a response to the Scottish Government consultation on incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into our domestic law in Scotland. It is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Consultation on Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy for Scotland 2014-2024

This is a response to the Scottish Government consultation on Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy for Scotland 2014-2024. It is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Consultation on Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act

This is a response to the Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act. It is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Consultation on "Out of School Care in Scotland - a draft framework for consultation"

This is a response to the Scottish Government consultation to “Out of School Care in Scotland – a draft framework for consultation”. It is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

2019 - Scottish Parliament Motions on behalf of Carers Trust Scotland 

Motion S5M-15634: #CareForMeToo on Young Carers Awareness Day 

Motion S5M-16322: Launch of Going Further for Student Carers

Motion S5M-16563: Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance Showcase Conference

Motion S5M-18330: Scottish Young Carers Festival 2019

2018 

Consultation on Young Carer Grant Regulations

This is a response to the Scottish Government consultation on Young Carer Grant Regulations. It is a national carer organisations' joint response between Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, MECOPP, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.