Date lodged: 25 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that it is delivering its funding promise to carers.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 7 February 2019
The 2018-19 budget includes an additional £66 million to support additional expenditure by local government on social care on a number of responsibilities, including for implementation of the Carers Act. This funding also recognises general social care pressures they and integration authorities are facing.
In 2019-20, we are increasing our package of investment in social care and integration to exceed £700 million. This includes £40m to support the continued implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 and extending free personal care to under 65s, as set out in the Programme for Government.
We have agreed priority actions to support implementation of the Act with the Carers Act Implementation Steering Group - made up of local authorities, health boards, COSLA, third sector, and carer representatives. The ‘Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 Implementation Plan 2018-2020’ is published on the Scottish Government website at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/carers-scotland-act-2016-national-implementation-plan-2016-2019/
In terms of social security, we have delivered the Carer’s Allowance Supplement, which puts an extra £442 into eligible carers’ pockets in 2018-19, an increase of 13% and an investment of over £33 million in carers. This will be uprated by inflation in 2019-20, increasing investment to over £37 million. We will introduce a new Young Carer Grant of £300 annually for carers aged 16-17 (and 18 if still at school) this autumn. We will also introduce an additional payment for carers of more than one disabled child by the end of the parliamentary term.