Shared Care Scotland has published its summary analysis of the Scottish Government’s Respite Care Scotland data for 2014/2015. One purpose of the publication is to monitor progress against the government’s 2008 and 2011 manifesto commitments to deliver and maintain an additional 10,000 respite weeks across Scotland. Shared Care Scotland’s publication summarises this information and provides further analysis and conclusions.
Key points from the analysis are:
- Over the last 2 years the Scottish Government figures conclude that the overall Respite Weeks delivered in 2013/2014 fell by 2,390 weeks compared with 2012/13, and fell by an additional 2,040/6,630 weeks (lower and higher estimates) in 2014/15. A marked reduction in respite provision for carers has now occurred over the last 2 years.
- The statistics publication suggests it is possible that 4,600 weeks of the respite reduction may be accounted for by the continued roll out of Self-Directed Support in 2014/15. When included, this represents the lower reduced respite figure of 2,040 weeks, as above.
- 17 local authority areas reported decreases in respite weeks 2013/14 to 2014/15 and 12 local authorities an increase in respite weeks.
- Headline data shows a respite reduction 2013/14 to 2014/15 for carers of young people aged 0 -17 of 1,380 weeks, for carers of adults aged 18-64 a reduction of 2,850 weeks and for carers of older people a reduction of 2,400 weeks.
- The statistical publication concludes there has been “an estimated real terms increase in respite care provision of between 3,620 and 8,210 weeks between 2007/08 and 2014/15.”
- Shared Care Scotland’s analysis, factoring in population changes over this period, suggests a real terms reduction in respite weeks pro rata of between 7,240 and 11,840 weeks.
Commenting on the publication, Don Williamson, Chief Executive of Shared Care Scotland said,
“This is the last year the government will collect respite care data from local authorities in this form and we are concerned this is happening at a time when there is evidence in the report of reducing provision in many parts of Scotland. The importance of short breaks is now clearly understood and so we urge government to remain vigilant to any disinvestment in local respite care services, and to support further efforts to improve provision so that carers, wherever they live, can achieve a life outside of caring.”
Please download our analysis: Respite Weeks 2015 SCS Summary