Parliamentary first for carers in Scotland

Scotland’s first Carers Parliament is being held today (Monday 1 October 2012) in the Scottish Parliament.

A total of 175 carers from 70 of the 73 Scottish Parliamentary constituencies will be attending the parliament – the first ever parliament for carers in the UK. The programme for the day, includes a debate around services and support for carers, a Q&A session with representatives from local and national government and health bodies, and workshops.

The themes for discussion and debate are based on feedback from the 1,000 carers who filled in a survey ahead of the Carers Parliament.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil MSP will open the Carers Parliament, while Colin Williams, chair of Carers of West Dunbartonshire (a Network Partner of Carers Trust), will sum up the debate in the morning.

Florence Burke, Director for Scotland for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland (part of Carers Trust), said: “We welcome this further opportunity for carers and young carers in Scotland to engage with the people who make decisions about the support and services available for carers.

“It should provide particularly useful feedback on how people perceive the success or otherwise of the national carers and young carers strategies for Scotland. We look forward to taking forward the issues and actions raised on the day.”

You can watch the Carers Parliament live online on the Scottish Parliament’s website. A report of the day will also be available after the event on the Carers Scotland website.


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