This week is Carers Week 2022, an annual celebration of the contribution of the one million unpaid carers and young carers in Scotland.
This year’s theme is ‘Making Caring Visible, Valued and Supported’, and seeks to recognise the work they do.
Carers Week is organised by Carers Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland, MND Scotland, Oxfam Scotland, the Lewy Body Society and Age Scotland.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“We must ensure that we don’t just pay lip service to unpaid carers but as a society, we actually offer them financial support as well as the opportunity to maintain their quality of life. They save the public purse an estimated £10.8 billion per year.
“Social care workers also work extremely hard and they too deserve fair support and recognition.
“This is why the SNP Government has in the last year raised pay twice for social care staff, is working to deliver a unique National Care Service, paid around 91,000 unpaid carers a double Carer's Allowance Supplement payment of £462.80 in December, and last month pledged an additional £5 million for short breaks for 2022/23 to enable more families and young unpaid carers to take a break from caring.
“I have signed the Carers Week pledge and you can show your support too.”
Visit www.carersweek.org for more information or to pledge your support.