Renfrewshire based MSP Neil Bibby has accused the SNP government in Edinburgh of ‘dragging its feet’ as new figures reveal over two thousand carers in Renfrewshire are missing out on extra cash.

Since September 2016 the Scottish government has been able to top up any benefit of its choosing

However, despite having the powers, Bibby has said the government have still to act and it would mean an extra £250 for carers since September.

According to the latest Department of Work and Pensions statistics there are 2,260 people claiming Carer’s Allowance in Renfrewshire.

He said: “Carers in Renfrewshire are missing out because the SNP government in Edinburgh is dragging its feet over using the new powers of the Scottish Parliament.”

“Carers are the unsung heroes of our country. Thousands of people dedicate their lives to caring for others and save the government, particularly our NHS and social care system, billions of pounds because of their selfless care and attention.”

“Carers in Renfrewshire claiming the allowance would be £250 better off if the SNP had delivered at the first opportunity.”

“There is cross party support for this policy. No party in the Scottish Parliament would have stood in the way of the SNP had they delivered it when they had the chance. It’s time for the SNP to move beyond warm words and actually keep their promises.”

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News