Western Isles’ 255 carers in line for extra payment

Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd has praised the vital work done by carers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 2:27 pm

Around 255 carers in the Western Isles are due to benefit from a one-off payment during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottish Government has revealed plans to invest £19.2m to provide further support to Scottish carers during the 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 255 in the Islands benefitting from this additional financial support.

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

SNP MSP Maree Todd said: “Carers in Na h-Eileanan 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 in Na h-Eileanan are being recognised by the SNP Government for the important contribution they make to our communities in these extremely difficult circumstances.”