Right to a Break - Briefing Event

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Briefing event on the government's consultation on a new National Care Service, and specifically plans for a right to a break from caring

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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. The purpose of this event is therefore to give people an opportunity to explore the options presented and share views on what factors will be important in deciding the way forward.

The views gathered will help to inform the National Carer Organisations response to the consultation.

The event will be held on Zoom. Joining details and Zoom instructions will be circulated to those attending the week before the event.

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Shared Care Scotland is a charity with a vision of a Scotland where everyone who receives support or provides unpaid care can live a satisfying life, with the assistance they need to take regular, quality breaks from demanding caring routines.


To do this we offer services including events, publications and research reports, and an online directory of short break services. As one of seven National Carers Organisations we also contribute to the development of policy and best practice for carers.


We also operate the Short Breaks Fund on behalf of Scottish Government, providing grants to third sector organisations that support unpaid carers to take a break. 

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