Carers in Renfrewshire are set to benefit from various discounts in the form of a carers’ passport.
A motion passed recently by Renfrewshire councillors calls for officers to explore options to make a Renfrewshire Carer Passport a reality.
Cllr Jacqueline Cameron who proposed the motion, said: “The passport scheme could mean engaging with local businesses to ask them to provide discounts on goods or services. It could even include discounted Renfrewshire Leisure classes, either way it is a way of saying thank you to carers for the contribution they make and for their dedication and commitment to those they care for.”
Inverclyde Council introduced their carer passport in October 2018, attracting support from over 60 local businesses including butchers, cafes and fishmongers who display the passport logo in their window, advertising that they provide discount to carers.
Tom Arthur SNP MSP for Renfrewshire South has also pledged his support for the motion.
Tom, said: “Constituents had approached me pointing out that other local authorities provide this benefit, so I wrote to Cllr Cameron as vice-chair of the Integrated Joint Board and asked if this is something we could provide for Renfrewshire Carers.
“As a Carer Positive employer, I value the crucial role carers undertake, and appreciate the stress it can place them under. A passport of this kind could not only provide financial benefit, it could give carers the opportunity to access classes, which would allow them to take some time out for themselves, when possible.”
The passport would likely be implemented via Renfrewshire Carers Centre who provide support to thousands of carers across Renfrewshire.
Cllr Cameron continued: “Carers can often feel undervalued and overlooked, while steps have been taken at national level to redress this balance, Tom and I wanted to show carers in Renfrewshire that they are appreciated and to demonstrate that appreciation in the form of practical help.”