On the 9th of March 2015 The Carers (Scotland) Bill was introduced to Parliament. For the first time, the Scottish Government has introduced legislation specifically for unpaid carers.
The proposals set out a range of measures to improve the identification and provision of support to carers, including the introduction of a new duty on local authorities to support carers who are assessed as needing support and who meet eligibility criteria. This is a change from the current system where local authorities have a power to support unpaid carers, but not a duty.
The National Carers Organisations have produced a short briefing paper on the legislation. This can be downloaded here: Carers Bill traffic light briefing
A short guide for carers on the legislative process has also been produced. This can be downloaded here: Understanding how law is made – A guide for carers
You can link to the Bill and supporting papers here