Consultation on adult carers local eligibility criteria

Moray’s estimated 8,000 unpaid adult carers will gain new rights when the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 comes into force next year.

The legislation widens the definition of a carer to “any individual who provides or intends to provide care for another individual” and places new duties on local authorities to ensure unpaid carers are better supported so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, in good health and to have a life alongside caring.

Carers in Moray are being consulted on one of the key changes arising from the act, the requirement to have in place locally agreed eligibility criteria for support.

All carers in Moray are currently able to access information, advice and support through the council’s commissioned carers support service which is current Quarriers Carer Support Service. This will continue to be available to all carers without assessment.

The new legislation requires that by April 2018 criteria must be in place to determine whether a carer has the right to an enhanced level of support over and above the more general support available to all. The council will then have a duty to ensure this support is provided.

Moray’s draft local eligibility criteria for adult carers follows national guidance and will consider the impact of the caring role on key quality of life indicators including health and wellbeing, relationships, living environment, employment and finance.

Along with views on the criteria, the council is also seeking comments on its intention to set the qualifying threshold for enhanced support to those assessed as having critical and substantial needs.

This would mean those with a caring role which poses the greatest risk to their health, wellbeing and capacity for independent living would be the priority for enhanced support to meet their identified needs.

Taking part in the consultation

Carers and anyone with an interest can respond to the consultation by picking up a consultation pack from their local library or from a member of the Moray Carer Services Provider Network  which includes Quarriers Carer Support Service, Cornerstone, Alzheimer Scotland, Crossroads Caring and ENABLE.

Drop-in consultation sessions will be held in the Activity Room at Elgin Library on Tuesday 12 December from 12-2pm and Thursday 14 December from 6-8pm.

You can read the consultation document here.

Then follow the link here to the online survey to give your comments.

The consultation closes on 19 January 2018

Comments will be used to finalise the local eligibility criteria before it is presented to a future meeting of Moray Council for approval to implement from April.

Further information is available by calling 01343 567187 or emailing involvement@moray.gov.uk.

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