Carers News Roundup

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Updated information for carers on social security from Connecting Carers

The Scottish Government with the support of the national carer organisations have produced information for carers, in both video and written form, providing an update on the plans for taking over 11 devolved benefits and to answer a range of questions raised by carers.

The Minister for Social Security, Jeanne Freeman, has recorded an update for carers on the plans for social security in Scotland. In it she sets out the plans and timescales for setting up a social security agency in Scotland and taking over the 11 devolved benefits by 2020. She also answers questions which were raised by carers about the government’s plans.

You can watch the video here:

And you can read the full written Q&A on the Connecting Carers website:

Falkirk Carers Forum

The Falkirk Carers Forum will take place at the Park Hotel, Camelon Rd, Falkirk on Wednesday 6 December from 10.45 am to 1 pm, followed by lunch. An update on the Carers Scotland Act will be provided and the National Care Organisation Eligibility Framework for the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, there will be group discussions on co-producing the Eligibility Framework for the Act. The next Falkirk Carers Forum meeting on 24 May 2017 will include presentations on the role of the district nurse and local reablement services and there will be an update on the Carers Act.

Short Breaks Funding

Funding from the Scottish Government’s Short Breaks Fund and the Falkirk Integrated Care Fund allows the Carers Centre to offer individual grants of up to £300 to fund flexible breaks to eligible carers that will improve their health and wellbeing and help them to cope with their caring role. To find out more, or to discuss making an application to this fund, contact the Carers Centre or visit

Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership Carer Recruitment

The Falkirk Health and Social Care partnership (HSCP) is seeking to recruit two carer representatives, one as lead and a second as substitute, to the Integration Joint Board (IJB). This will be from April 2018. They would like to hear from you if you and the person you care for live in the Falkirk Council area; you are over 18 years of age and would like to represent carers. Further information on the role and recruitment process will be made available at the Carers Forum meeting on 6 December 2017. If you would like any further information please contact:

Tag:Family/Carers Support, User Involvement & Consultation
05/12/2017 at 4:16 pm