SNP deliver 10,600 weeks of respite for carers

The SNP has hailed statistics published today (Tuesday) which show the Scottish Government has beaten its manifesto commitment to delivering 10,000 weeks of respite for Scottish carers.

Welcoming the results SNP MSP for Glasgow Anniesland, Bill Kidd, praised the statistics showing an increase of 1,450 weeks between 2009/10 and 2010/11 – building on the increases in the previous two years.

Mr Kidd said: “Delivering respite for carers is a priority for the SNP and so it is fantastic that the Scottish Government has, not only delivered on our manifesto target, but beaten it.

“The SNP recognises the invaluable and often exhausting work carers contribute to our communities which is why we pledged 10,000 weeks in our manifesto.

“Delivery of this is having a huge impact on carers and their families.Carers are the unsung heroes of our society who selflessly give up their time to help others which is why supporting unpaid carers is a priority for the SNP.”

Mr Kidd added: “Not only have we exceeded this target, we have also recently extended the Energy Assistance Package which will help push the cost of 7,000 carers’ heating bills down.

“We have pledged an extra £2million for short breaks for families with severely disabled children and are establishing the Caring for Carers kitemark for employers.

“These measures are helping improve the quality of carers’ lives – something the SNP is completely committed to.”