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 next summer, Carer’s Allowance will be increased to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance, with payments backdated to April 2018.
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. From autumn 2019 a Young Carers Grant - worth £300 per year - will be introduced, part of a package of support that will be delivered over the course of this Scottish Parliament term. The package will include adding additional entitlements and rewards to the Young Scot National Entitlement Card for 11 to 18 year old carers. At a later date, all of those receiving the Young Carers Grant will be entitled to free bus travel.
4. A new Carers Act - which will come into effect next April - has enshrined the rights of carers in law for the first time, placing 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.