Date lodged: 7 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to carers in the Renfrewshire South constituency.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 14 March 2018
From 2007-08 to 2017-18 the Scottish Government has invested nearly £143 million towards a range of programmes and initiatives, and to the National Carer Organisations. This funding provides information, advice, and support to carers in communities across Scotland, including in Renfrewshire South.
The majority of social care support is delivered by local authorities and Integration Authorities. From next month the Carers (Scotland) Act will extend and enhance the rights of carers to support. This includes a duty for each local authority and health board to jointly prepare a local carer strategy, as a means of planning appropriate services and identification of carers in their local area.
In addition we are introducing the Carer’s Allowance Supplement this year, increasing payments to carers to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance. This is an investment of more than £30 million per year.