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A Right to Respite - Have Your Say
When: 14:30 - 16:30, Thursday 23 September 2021 Where: Zoom call, online This event is being organised by Shared Care Scotland This particular event is free to attend, so no payment is required.
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As part of a wide-ranging national consultation on plans to reform adult social care in Scotland, the Scottish Government is consulting on a new right to breaks from caring for unpaid carers - one of the key recommendations from the recent independent review of adult social care - the Feeley Report.
According to the government's consultation document, as few as 3% of carers are estimated to currently receive statutory support for breaks from caring, despite the known benefits breaks can have on carer health and wellbeing.
A new legal right to a break would seek to prevent many carers (and cared-for people) from reaching crisis point, but more importantly would help ensure carers could more effectively balance caring with other activities that are important in their lives, such as recreation, leisure interests, community involvement, or simply time to rest.
The government is now seeking views on different options for how a right to breaks could be established.
Shared Care Scotland is arranging two briefing events to give people an opportunity to explore the options presented and share views on what factors will be important in deciding the way forward.