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.

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.

You can register for these events here:

10.30am-12.30pm, Tuesday 21st September - register here
2.30pm-4.30pm, Thursday 23rd September - register here

To download our briefing paper on a right to breaks - click here

Other briefing events

As well as the above events, we will also be hosting two online sessions on the right to breaks at the 2021 Carers Parliament on the 4th and 5th October. You can register for these here:

1.30pm-2.30pm, Monday 4th October - register here
10.30am-11.30pm, Tuesday 5th October - register here 


Further information about the National Care Service consultation

To help carers and other stakeholders be informed about the government's consultation on a National Care Service, the National Carer Organisations have prepared a set of briefing documents to summarise the key issues. This information can be found on the NCO webpage here:


Carers Parliament 2021 - 4th, 5th & 7th October

Various discussion groups are being planned on the National Care Service proposals at this year's Carers Parliament, as well sessions covering carers benefits, wider policy developments, and opportunities to put questions directly to Ministers and key decision takers.     

To see the full programme of Carers Parliament events, and to register - click here 

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