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Carers Rights Day 26 November 2020

Many adults and young people take on caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who need support. The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 describes a carer as an individual who provides or intends to provide care for another individual.

 It’s important that carers understand their rights and are able to access the support that is available.

Each year, Carers Rights Day helps to:

  • ensure carers are aware of their rights
  • let carers know where to get help and support
  • raise awareness of the needs of carers.

The theme for Carers Rights Day 2020 is 'Know Your Rights'

In a recent survey of nearly 6,000 carers, we found:

  • Four in five unpaid carers are providing more care for relatives
  • 78% reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased during the pandemic
  • Two thirds (67%) worried about how they will cope through further lockdowns or local restrictions.

Carers need to know their rights wherever they are in their caring journey. This Carers Rights Day, we want to empower carers with information and support, so they can feel confident asking for what they need. We also want carers to know how to challenge things when their rights are not being met.

For more information about Carers Rights Day visit

For more information about seeking support as a carer visit click here to read our Looking after someone guide

For information about local carers support visit