Local MSP Rhoda Grant, Labour has raised with the Scottish Government the issue of support for people with health concerns or mobility issues by allowing them to bring escorts on ferry trips free of charge .
“Carers make a vital contribution to society, which this payment recognises, putting an extra £442 in their pockets this financial year. “
“The grant is part of a package of support for young carers which will also include free bus travel from 2020/21, subject to a successful pilot.”
The report makes 11 recommendations to be taken forward by the Scottish Government and COSLA
“I want the thousands of carers across the Highlands and Islands to have a voice in what kind of support they want and need.”
“This supplementary payment allows us to get more money in the pockets of carers in Scotland as quickly as possible.”
The definition of carer has also been extended so that it can include more people .
“an environment that provides small group living which is homely”
the work of carers contributes the equivalent of around £10.8 billion to the economy each year
Those who are not eligible for the Carer’s Allowance will be able to claim A Young Carer’s Grant (Autumn 2019) of £300 a year.