The contribution that carers make to our society is priceless. It’s only right that they’re duly valued and properly supported.
Here are just five ways that the SNP government is supporting carers.
1. We’ll use new social security powers coming to the Scottish Parliament to boost carers’ incomes. From summer 2018, Carer’s Allowance will be increased to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance, recipients will be better off to the tune of £600 a year.
2. We’ll increase Carer’s Allowance further for those who look after more than one disabled child. And we’ll extend the eligibility for the Winter Fuel Payment to families with children in receipt of the highest care component of Disability Living Allowance.
3. We will consider the introduction of a Young Carer’s Allowance to provide extra support for young people with significant caring responsibilities.
4. We have enshrined the rights of carers in law for the first time by passing a new Carers Act, which will place a duty on local councils to provide support to carers. Over the next five years we’ll build on this and will consider a national or regional approach to supporting carers and cared-for people, including the availability of short breaks for carers and how they can be guaranteed.
5. The SNP Government has invested around £122 million in programmes to support carers – which is more than ever before. This includes funding voluntary-run short breaks and projects like the Young Carers Festival.