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The SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell, has welcomed the new Scottish Government consultation which is aimed at gathering the views of carers and young carers on specific legislation to promote, defend and extend their rights.

The widespread consultation marks a significant step forward in recognising and addressing the needs of unpaid adult carers and young carers across Scotland who care for their families, friends and neighbours.

The proposed legislation, which was announced by the First Minister in October, aims to ensure that carers are further supported and are fully involved in decisions affecting their lives and those they care for.

Commenting on the announcement of the consultation, Aileen Campbell MSP said:

"It is great to see this work by the Scottish Government which will help to address the needs of unpaid carers across Scotland. There are now more people than ever before who are caring intensively for their families or loved ones, which means that they are facing considerable challenges.

"I welcome the Government’s work on this, which includes specific efforts in supporting carers and young carers over the past few years. I was pleased to see that the Government acknowledge more support is needed, and this consultation will go a long way to helping to support carers and young carers in to the future.

Director of Carers Scotland Simon Hodgson said:

"We welcome this opportunity to feedback to the Scottish Government through the consultation and influence the future for carers in Scotland. Most people will be carers at some point in their lives and it is vital that the crucial role they play in caring for those nearest and dearest to them is recognised."

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