Almost 2,000 carers in Inverclyde get cash boost from Scottish Government

CARER’S ALLOWANCE SUPPLEMENT HELPS THOUSANDS IN INVERCLYDE

Thousands of carers in Inverclyde have benefitted from Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS) payments of up to £452 a year, introduced by the Scottish Government.

New figures show that 1,930 carers in Inverclyde have received CAS payments since the payment was introduced in September 2018.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an extra payment made to carers in Scotland twice a year, in recognition of the important contribution they make to our society.

Carers now receive two supplementary payments totalling £452 per year, equivalent to an extra £8.50 per week, which is a 13% increase on the Carer’s Allowance from the UK government.

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan said:

“The SNP is determined to use the powers available to the Scottish Government to improve the lives of people across Scotland.

“Since its introduction, the Carer’s Allowance Supplement has supported almost 100,000 carers across Scotland, including 1,930 in Inverclyde. These supplementary payments worth up to £452 per year allow the Scottish Government to get more money into the pockets of carers as quickly as possible.

“As of last year, young carers across Scotland aged 16-18 benefit from the Young Carer Grant – a yearly payment of £300 – which has just been extended to young carers who are going through the immigration process. This will support some of our most vulnerable young people and will not jeopardise their immigration status.

“Unpaid carers in my Greenock and Inverclyde constituency make an absolutely vital contribution to our society, and it’s only appropriate that their hard work is valued and they are properly supported.

“I am delighted that carers are being recognised for the important contribution they make to our communities – in what can often be difficult circumstances.”

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