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Carers play a crucial role in the delivery of health and social care provision in Scotland. The identified 657,300 carers in Scotland are an essential part of the workforce, contributing savings to health and social care services in Scotland of an estimated £10.3 billion every year.
The Scottish Government acknowledged the role that older carers play in its Carers Strategy paper for 2010-2015, in particular detailing that as carers get older they take on more caring responsibilities and that society at large will become even more dependent on carers’ contribution to health and social care delivery, with the number of carers expected to grow to an estimated 1 million by 2037.
The needs of older carers must be built into long-term policy-making: by ensuring carers’ needs feature in any structural changes to social care delivery and by working with local authorities to ensure local support is available across the country.
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