Date lodged: 8 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what specific schemes are in place to ensure that young carers have access to respite care.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 21 September 2017
The Scottish Government has provided £2.3m in 2017-18 to the Better Breaks and Creative Breaks programmes, which are accessible to adult and young carers. Time To Live micro-grants are also available locally to access short breaks that meet the carer's individual needs. These programmes are administered by Shared Care Scotland.
Local authorities, health boards and Integration Authorities support a variety of local carer centres and young carer projects which provide a range of advice and support services, including on access to short breaks and respite care.
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 takes effect on 1 April 2018. This will include a new right to a young carer statement setting out the young carer’s personal outcomes and identified needs. Local authorities must consider whether any support to meet the young carer's eligible needs should take the form of a break from caring.