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In 2017 Engender launched the Gender Matters Roadmap, which sets out the steps needed to move closer to women's equality in Scotland by 2030.
We welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation on Scottish Carer’s Assistance.
In March 2022, Engender ran two engagement events with women who are unpaid carers and circulated a survey based on this consultation. Our response is informed by the views of the women who participated, alongside years of work engaging with and highlighting unpaid care as a key issue of women’s inequality. Between 60% and 70% of unpaid care is delivered by women in Scotland,1 care that is worth approximately £10.8 billion to the economy per annum. Beyond this headline figure, the shape of women’s caring roles also differs significantly from those of men. Women are twice as likely as men to give up work to carry out unpaid care, and are much more likely to juggle caring with (often low-paid) employment, to hold multiple caring roles, and to provide care for more than 35 hours per week. The Covid-19 pandemic has also had a significant impact on carers; during the first lockdown for example, 78% of carers reported having to provide more care since the start of the pandemic.
Our key messages in this consultation response are that:
• Robust and iterative equality impact assessment of the proposals are needed, including from an intersectional gender perspective.
• Existing levels of support are inadequate, and the new ‘additional person’ entitlement is proposed at an unacceptably low level.
• Proposals to expand eligibility for Scottish Carer’s Assistance in the longer-term are welcome, but should be viewed as a starting point for further expansion in future.
• Policy coherence with work in development on the National Care Service and Minimum Income Guarantee is vital.
Date of publication: June 2022Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Governments-Scottish-Carers-Assistance-consultation.pdf | File size: 461KB | Tags: care; unpaid care
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