Carers and young carers in the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas are being urged to have their say on proposed legislation that aims to protect their rights.
Consultation on the proposed Carers Bill, announced by First Minister Alex Salmond last October, is already under way and local MSP Graeme Dey has emphasised the importance of getting involved.
The Bill aims to ensure that carers are further supported and fully involved in decisions affecting their lives and those they care for. The consultation is seeking their views along with those of local authorities, health boards and the voluntary sector to provide valuable insight into the needs of unpaid carers across Scotland.
Mr Dey said: “I am delighted that a widespread consultation is now underway. This Government has done good work in supporting carers but we want to build on that and I welcome this engagement with carers across the country in order that they can help shape the forthcoming legislation.
“The number of people providing intense levels of care in Scotland has never been so high. It is an issue that is growing and it is absolutely right for the government to take positive steps in order to provide greater assistance.
“This consultation is an important step towards ensuring carers receive the support they deserve and I would urge everyone with an interest in the issue to make their views known.”
Mr Dey added that the Scottish Government has made a significant investment amounting to over £112 million between 2007 and 2015 in supporting the country’s carers and young carers.
It is estimated there are more than 657,000 unpaid adult carers and up to 100,000 young carers in Scotland and many more who care who do not identify themselves as carers.
This consultation closes on April 16 and can be viewed online at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/01/4757