Review into Midlothian respite carer service

Councillor Owen Thompson
Councillor Owen Thompson

A review of residential respite for carers in Midlothian is under way.

The local authority is keen to deliver a more personalised service for carers as laid out in the new Self Directed Support legislation.

By offering more local options, savings of £75,000 could be made by the end of the 2017/18 financial year.

Council leader Owen Thompson (SNP) said: “Significant work has already been done with carers and users to make sure the service is achieving excellence.

“There are around 14,000 carers contributing £171 million worth of care in Midlothian and the vision set out in the Midlothian Carers’ Strategy is that carers are valued as equal partners, feel supported to effectively manage their caring role and are able to have a life outside of caring.”