Kenneth Gibson is backing Carers Week, 11-17 June, by highlighting the work of the estimated 788,000 unpaid carers across Scotland, one in seven of the population, 44,000 of them under the age of 18.
Unpaid carers look after a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or addiction cannot cope without such support.
Kenneth Gibson commented:
“I am pleased to support the work that carers do in our communities.
“In North Ayrshire alone, there are an estimated 19,500 unpaid carers, with more than 2,000 of them under the age of 18. It is our duty to support them in whatever way we can.
“The SNP Government has led leading the way in supporting unpaid carers, investing over £135 million, as well as passing the new Carers Act in 2016, that came into force this year which extends the rights of carers and ensures better support.
“Through Scotland’s new Social Security Agency, the SNP Government will increase Carers Allowance to the level of Job Seeker’s Allowance, giving carers that little bit extra support that can go a long way.
“Carers Week gives us all the chance to show our support and appreciation for the work carers do in our local communities.”
Information on Carers Week can be found at: https://www.carersweek.org/ .