The Carers Act

From April 1st 2018, the Act places new requirements on the Local Authorities to support carers, which include:

  • A duty to prepare an Adult Carer Support Plan
  • A duty to prepare a Young Carer Statement
  • A duty for the local authority to provide support to carers whose needs meet the local eligibility criteria
  • A duty to provide information and advice service to carers on, amongst other things, emergency and future care planning, advocacy, income maximisation and carers’ rights
  • A requirement for the local authority to consider whether support should be received in the form of a break from caring
  • A duty for Local Health Boards to involve carers in hospital discharge
  • A duty to prepare a local Carers Strategy