The Scottish Government will pay an extra £19.2 million to unpaid carers next month in a bid to support them through the Covid-19 crisis – acknowledging that they are “doing even more right now”.
The new legislation will see 83,000 people who care for someone else for 35 hours or more a week and who receive Carer’s Allowance get an extra £230.10 in June.
Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, said the Carer’s Allowance Supplement was being introduced “to recognise the important contribution unpaid carers play in our society”.
She said: “They provide vital support to family, friends and neighbours. Our collective efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus will see many of these carers experiencing additional pressures, particularly financial, right now.
“The payment will benefit carers who are on low incomes and already have some of the most intense caring roles, providing at least 35 hours of unpaid care weekly to a disabled child or adult in receipt of higher level disability benefits.
“This additional payment would be an acknowledgement to carers that we know that they are doing even more right now, and we thank you.”