Hyslop Welcomes Extra Payment for 2,840 Carers
Local Linlithgow Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has praised the work undertaken by carers during the Covid 19 Pandemic and welcomes the news that 2,840 carers across West Lothian are due to benefit from a one off payment during this health crisis.
The Scottish Government has revealed plans to invest £19.2million to provide further support to Scottish carers during the Covid-19 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.
“Our Carers in West Lothian 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 2,840 local 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.
“These are unprecedented times we are living in and so I am delighted that our local carers across West Lothian are being recognised for the important contribution they make to our communities in these extremely difficult circumstances.”
Table 3a: Number of Carer’s Allowance Supplement payments – by Local Authority 2019/20.
|Local Authority1||April eligibility|
|Argyll & Bute||1,065|
|City of Edinburgh||4,735|
|Dumfries & Galloway||2,505|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||255|
|Perth & Kinross||1,700|