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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22651: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 15 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time is for (a) an adult carer support plan and (b) a young carer statement.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 2 May 2019

Information on the date adult carer support plans and young carer statements were offered and the date they were either completed or declined has been requested through the Carers Census. As this is the first year the Carers Census is being collected, the data will need to undergo further quality assurance before it is published. The second 6 months of data covering October 2018 – March 2019 are currently being collected.

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 requires each local authority to set out within their local carer strategy the intended timescales for preparing adult carer support plans and young carer statements. Local carer strategies must be published. The statutory guidance to accompany the Act states that adult carer support plans and young carer statements, “ought to be prepared within reasonable timescales taking into account the urgency of needs for support and any fluctuation in those needs”.

The Scottish Government has just consulted on proposals for regulations to set timescales for preparing adult carer support plans and young carer statements for carers of people who are terminally ill (with a life expectancy of up to 6 months). We will consider the responses with stakeholders and bring forward draft regulations later this year.