Local MSP Maree Todd, SNP, has welcomed the introduction of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement by the Scottish Government which will see 201 carers receiving the top up in Orkney.
Maree Todd said:
“This roll out of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement marks the beginning of a bright new chapter in Scottish public service.
“The SNP is committed to delivering a fairer system for social security: one that affords carers the dignity and respect they are due as a result of their selfless dedication.
“We appreciate the contribution carers make to our society and we have always advocated that Carer’s Allowance should be the same rate as Jobseeker’s Allowance.
“It follows that the new powers over social security mean that we can make this a reality and put more money into the pockets of carers as a thank you for their tireless efforts.”
Eligible carers will get a supplementary payment of £221, equivalent of an extra £8.50 per week, an increase of 13% on Carer’s Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions.”
The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is worth more than £30 million a year and will benefit 201 people in Orkney.
Carers will receive letters from Social Security Scotland from week beginning 10 September so that they know in advance to expect a payment.