Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care partnership have drafted a new Adult Carers Eligibility Criteria for Perth and Kinross following consultation with local carers. This was approved by the Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board (IJB) on Friday 26th January 2018.
This draft has been made in preparation for new legislation which further empowers carers in Scotland comes into force from April 1st 2018.
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 imposes a duty on all local authorities to develop a local eligibility criteria framework for carers in their area. The local eligibility criteria framework determines the level of support a carer can expect to receive, as well as whether the support will be provided to the carer under a mandatory duty or a discretionary power.
At present, there is no specific legal duty on any local authority to provide support to carers, but from 1 April 2018 there will be a duty to provide support to carers who meet the eligibility threshold.
The new Act also requires that the local authority consults individuals or bodies representative of carers and involve carers before setting the eligibility criteria.
In drafting the Adult Carers Eligibility Criteria for Perth and Kinross framework consideration was given to other local carers eligibility criteria frameworks including the Coalition of Carers in Scotland Best Practice Framework. Current practices and carers assessments processes within Perth and Kinross were also taken into account.
The revised eligibility criteria framework relates to Adult Carers only, as a Young Carers Eligibility Framework will be developed separately.