James Dornan MSP supports Carers Rights Day

Speaking on Carers Rights Day, James Dornan MSP Glasgow Cathcart thanked unpaid carers across Scotland for their contribution. He said:

“I recognise the vital role that unpaid carers play in communities across Cathcart.

“Carers Rights Day is crucial in helping people to identify themselves as being a carer so they are able to access the support they need – and are entitled to – at the right time. It is important that carers are informed of their rights and are empowered, so that they can be equal partners in care.

“The Carers (Scotland) Act will be commenced in April 2018. The Act will make a meaningful difference to unpaid carers and will contribute towards the improvement of their health and wellbeing, ensuring that they can continue to care, if they so wish, and to have a life alongside caring.

“There is a duty for Glasgow City Council to establish an information and advice service for carers, including, amongst other things, carers rights.

“I welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to prepare a carers’ charter, setting out the rights of carers as provided for in or under the Carers Act. I will be working with carers and carer organisations on how best to take this forward, and to ensure that the charter is accessible to adult carers and young carers.

“I want to use our new social security powers to better support carers. It is unfair that the support they receive in the form of Carer’s Allowance, which is currently reserved to the UK Government, is the lowest of all working age benefits. That is why we have committed to increase carer’s allowance to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance when the powers come to Scotland. Eligible carers will each get around £600 more a year.”

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