Views are being sought on new legislation to give care home residents the right to spend time with those who are important to them.

A consultation is being held on the introduction of ‘Anne’s Law,’ which will ensure those living in care homes can have direct contact with loved ones in order to support their health and wellbeing.

The Scottish Government is exploring a range of legal and practical considerations in a bid to make sure any changes brought in are effective.

These include how the new legislation will affect the competing rights and needs of others, including other care home residents and staff.

Social Care Minister Kevin Stewart said: “We want to hear from as many people as possible to help shape the proposals, including people who live in adult care homes, their families and friends, care home providers and staff.”

Anne’s Law is named after Anne Duke, who lives in a care home in South Lanarkshire. Her family have called for named visitors to get the same access rights to care homes as staff.

To take part in the consultation, visit before Monday, November 2.