• Rona Mackay MSP

1075 CARERS IN EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE TO RECEIVE EXTRA PAYMENT




MSP PRAISES VITAL WORK DONE BY CARERS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Around 1075 carers throughout East Dunbartonshire are due to benefit from a one-off payment during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottish Government has revealed plans to invest £19.2million to provide further support to Scottish carers during the Covid-19 crisis.

If approved by parliament, around 83,000 eligible carers across Scotland will get an extra £230.10 through a special one-off Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June - with around 1075 carers benefitting from this additional financial support in East Dunbartonshire.

The extra payment will be paid automatically to people in receipt of Carer’s Allowance.

SNP MSP Rona Mackay said:

“Carers in Strathkelvin and Bearsden make an absolutely vital contribution to our society, and it’s only appropriate that their hard work is valued and they are properly supported by the Scottish Government.

“This one-off payment will benefit carers who are on low incomes and already have some of the most intense caring roles, providing at least 35 hours unpaid care weekly to a disabled child or adult in receipt of higher level disability benefits.

“This additional payment will be an acknowledgement to carers that we know they are providing vital support to family, friends and neighbours, and playing an absolutely crucial role in our collective efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“I am delighted that carers throughout East Dunbartonshire are being recognised by the SNP Government for the important contribution they make to our communities in these extremely difficult circumstances.”

ENDS

Notes:

You can view the Scottish Government press release here - https://www.gov.scot/news/extra-payment-for-unpaid-carers/

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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.

 

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