SNP launch mini-manifesto for carers
The SNP has launched the third in a series of mini manifestos ahead of the local elections.
The third mini manifesto highlights the SNP’s commitment to carers – Scotland’s unsung heroes.
The manifesto details how SNP councils will appoint a Carers’ Champion to work with carers and the council to ensure they get the help and support needed.
SNP councils will work to secure proper recognition for kinship carers, work to ensure young carers are better served by their schools and reward employers, who offer support and flexibility to carers, a special Kitemark.
Unveiling the mini manifesto for carers, the SNP’s Local Government Campaign Director Derek Mackay said:
“Carers are the unsung heroes of our society who selflessly give up their time to help others.
“We recognise the invaluable and often exhausting work carers contribute to Scotland’s communities, which is why SNP councils will work tirelessly to ensure they get the help and support they need.
“Looking after someone is not an easy task – particularly if you are a young carer.
“SNP councils will work with the Scottish Government to ensure young carers are better served by their schools and be given easier access to the Education Maintenance Allowance.
“The SNP Government not only delivered on our manifesto target of 10,000 weeks of respite care, but beat it.
“Alongside this, the Energy Assistance Package, which is helping push the cost of 7,000 carers’ heating bills down, has also been extended.
“SNP councils will work together to improve the quality of carers’ lives – when we work together across the public sector we can deliver more.”