I am always delighted to have the opportunity to support the wonderful work that carers do in Inverclyde.
Across Scotland, there’s an estimated 788,000 unpaid carers, with tens of thousands of them being under the age of 18. It is our duty to support them in whatever way we can.
The Scottish Government has been leading the way in providing this support for unpaid carers – investing over £135 million, as well as passing the new Carers Act in 2016, which came into force this year.
And through the new Social Security Agency, the Scottish Government plans to increase Carers Allowance to the level of Job Seeker’s Allowance, giving carers that little bit extra support that can go a long way.
Carers Week gives us all the chance to show our support and appreciation for the work carers do in our local communities – and I look forward to attending the Carers Council on Friday 15th June at the Tontine Hotel.