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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-21534

Scottish Gas Supports Carers Scotland

Submitted by: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Willie Coffey, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Sandra White
Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament recognises the vital role that unpaid carers fulfil within communities; notes that many carers are experiencing stress and worry, as well as practical challenges, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak; understands that calls to helplines have surged by 60%, putting charities such as Carers Scotland, and its sister organisations, under incredible pressure; recognises that, as carers deal with the impact of the pandemic on their caring responsibilities, they are turning to charities for advice on care and social distancing, resources for remote caring, and support with food and community services; welcomes, therefore, the £1 million donation from Scottish Gas and its owner, Centrica, which will help Carers Scotland, Carers Wales and Carers UK keep their helpline and email service running throughout the week so that they can provide lifeline support and advice to every carer that needs it, and notes that carers in need of advice during the COVID-19 outbreak can call the advice line on 0808 808 7777.