Support doubled for Argyll’s unpaid carers

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Around 1,055 unpaid carers in Argyll and Bute are to have their Carer’s Allowance Supplement doubled by the Scottish Government.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill passed its third and final stage at Holyrood, meaning unpaid carers across Scotland will have their supplement doubled to £462.80.

This is the second time the supplement has been doubled – the first time being in July 2020.

Argyll and Bute MSP Jenni Minto said: ‘Unpaid carers in Argyll and Bute have had an incredibly difficult time during the pandemic and without their heroic efforts our services would have been under greater strain.

‘That is why the SNP Scottish Government has doubled the Carer’s Allowance Supplement, recognising this vital work and the difficulties that these dedicated carers will face as we head into winter.

‘Unpaid carers will be facing a squeeze on incomes in the coming months with skyrocketing energy bills and food prices, so the doubling of the carers allowance supplement will provide a vital lifeline for unpaid carers in Argyll and Bute and across Scotland.

‘The passing of this Bill is another example of how we are building a social security system in Scotland based on dignity, fairness and respect. Contrast that with the system at Westminster which has just cut Universal Credit at a time when those on the lowest incomes need it most.’

A UK Government spokesperson at the Department of Work and Pensions said: ‘We’ve always been clear that the uplift to Universal Credit was temporary. It was designed to help claimants through the economic shock and financial disruption of the toughest stages of the pandemic, and it has done so.

‘Universal Credit will continue to provide vital support for those in and out of work and it’s right the Government should focus on supporting people back into work and supporting those already employed to progress and earn more.

‘Vulnerable households across the country will be able to access a new £500m support fund to help them with essentials over the coming months as the country continues its recovery from the pandemic.

‘The Scottish Parliament has significant welfare powers and can top-up existing benefits, pay discretionary payments and create new benefits in areas of devolved responsibility.’