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01/10/13 13:56

Media briefing - Tuesday October 1, 2013

FMOS welcomed journalists to the briefing and updated on today’s Cabinet. FMOS said the First Minister had today advised that he would be attending the Carers parliament immediately following Cabinet where he would sets out the Scottish Government’s plans to bring about specific legislation that will promote, defend and extend the rights of carers and young carers.

The FMOS advised this would the widespread consultation on this new legislation for carers and young carers will start before the end of this year, marking a significant step forward in recognising and addressing the needs of the 657,000 unpaid adult carers and up to 100,000 young carers who care for their families, friends and neighbours.

She said the Scottish Government’s plans to consult on the legislation which will help to improve the health and wellbeing of carers; allow them to continue in their caring role; have a life alongside caring; remain in work; access community support networks and help establish consistency across the whole of Scotland.

FMOS advised that the Cabinet Secretary for Finance John Swinney had updated Cabinet on his on-going contract with both INEOS and the union regarding the current situation at Grangemouth.

FMOS added that the Justice Secretary Kenny Macaskill updated Cabinet on the homicide figures which were released today and showed the lowest level of homicides in Scotland since recording began.