Extra payment due for Argyll carers

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell

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A one-off payment during the coronavirus pandemic could benefit around 1,065 carers in Argyll and Bute.

The Scottish Government has revealed plans to invest £19.2million to provide more support to Scottish carers during the COVID-19 crisis.

If approved by parliament, around 83,000 eligible carers in all across Scotland will get an extra £230.10 through a special single Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June.

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

MSP Michael Russell said: ‘Carers in Argyll and Bute 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.’

The 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,’ said Mr Russell.