Angela Constance MSP has praised Scotland’s young carers and encouraged them to take advantage of the Young Carer Package and Young Carers Grant – the first of its kind in the UK.
The Young Carer Grant helps eligible young carers aged 16, 17 or 18 access life opportunities that are the norm for many other young people. Between its launch in October 2019 and 31st October 2020 Social Security Scotland approved 2,045 applications - with over £600,000 being invested into supporting the young carers of Scotland.
The Scottish Government has provided £300,000 in extra funding for the Young Scot Young Carer Package this year to support young carers’ wellbeing and enable them to take some form of a break.
Commenting, Ms Constance said:
“Over the past year with the coronavirus crisis, the pressure on young carers has been even greater than normal and so I want to use Young Carers Day to thank and commend all young carers in Scotland for the work they do – and encourage them to take advantage of the benefits available to them here in Scotland.
“Carers of all ages help to make up the backbone of our society and it is vital they receive the support they need and deserve, which is why the Scottish Government has made supporting carers a priority and invested around £122 million in programmes to support carers.
“The support the Scottish Government has brought forward for carers in Scotland – including the Young Carers Grant and introducing the Carers Allowance Supplement for those in receipt of Carers Allowance - shows the Scottish Government's ambition and what we can do when we have the powers."
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