Funding for carers 2018/19

Thursday, 13 February 2020
Request Date
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Response Date
Tuesday, February 4, 2020


1.      Strategic carer posts in HSCPs
2.      Carers support posts in HSCPs
3.      Allocated to local Health Board (including implementation of Section 28)
4.      Funding to carers centres (please provide breakdown)
5.      Funding to young carers services (including funding directed to young carers
through local carers centres (please provide breakdown)
6.      Funding to other third sector orgs (please provide breakdown)
7.      Short Breaks / respite / replacement care (adult carers)
8.      Short Breaks / respite / replacement care (young carers)
9.      Allocated against loss of income for waiving charges for carers
(please separate this from resources allocated to short break services or replacement
10.     Other direct carer support (adult carers)
11.     Other direct carer support (young carers)
12.     Awareness raising of the Carers Act
13.     Carer engagement / consultation activities
14.     Other (please provide breakdown)
15.     Used for a different purpose, other than supporting carers and implementing the
Carers Act (please provide explanation)


In relation to your Freedom of Information request about the use of monies in support of the Carers Act for the financial year 2018/19, a nominal resource of £429k was outlined by the Scottish Government in its financial settlement with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. However, the Scottish Government provided no formal stipulation that the resource required to be passed on to the Integration Joint Board in support of the Carers Act. Given that the Integration Joint Board had an underspend at that time, a decision was taken by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to use the resource to meet wider spending pressures.