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2840 CARERS IN WEST LOTHIAN DUE TO RECEIVE EXTRA PAYMENT

2840 CARERS IN WEST LOTHIAN DUE TO RECEIVE EXTRA PAYMENT

Published date : 06 May, 2020

MSP PRAISES VITAL WORK DONE BY CARERS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

Around 2,840 carers in West Lothian are due to benefit from a one-off payment during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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 - with around 2,840 in West Lothian benefitting from this additional financial support. 

 

The extra payment will be paid automatically to people in receipt of Carer’s Allowance.

 

Angela Constance MSP said: 

 

“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 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.

 

“This additional payment will be an acknowledgement to carers that we know they are providing vital support to family, friends and neighbours, and playing an absolutely crucial role in our collective efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

 

“I am delighted that carers in my constituency of Almond Valley are being recognised by the Scottish Government for the important contribution they make to our communities in these extremely difficult circumstances.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes: 

 

Table 3a: Number of Carer’s Allowance Supplement payments - by Local Authority 2019/20.

Local Authority1

April eligibility

 

 

Aberdeen City

1,640

Aberdeenshire

2,130

Angus

1,560

Argyll & Bute

1,065

City of Edinburgh

4,735

Clackmannanshire

925

Dumfries & Galloway

2,505

Dundee City

2,615

East Ayrshire

2,445

East Dunbartonshire

1,075

East Lothian

1,240

East Renfrewshire

990

Falkirk

2,540

Fife

6,080

Glasgow City

13,215

Highland

2,885

Inverclyde

1,590

Midlothian


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