Carers across Renfrewshire will get a cash bonus next month as nearly £20 million is added in spending to the Scottish Government’s Carer’s Allowance Supplement.
An extra £230.10 will be paid to every carer receiving the supplement, aiming to recognise the increased pressures on carers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Those eligible do not need to submit a claim – payments will be made automatically to the nearly 80,000 people across Scotland currently getting Carer’s Allowance Supplement.
Nearly 2,500 carers across Renfrewshire receive the Supplement, which was introduced by the Scottish Government in 2018 following the transfer of some social security powers to Holyrood from Westminster.
Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP Gavin Newlands, said: “I’m delighted at this announcement by the Scottish Government, which comes following the introduction of Carer’s Allowance Supplement two years ago and which has delivered millions of pounds to carers across the country since its launch.
“This extra funding will result in carers in Scotland receiving nearly £700 a year more than in other parts of the UK, and while there is always more to do, I am glad we are recognising the fundamental role carers play in our society.
“Extra payments will be made automatically to everyone who receives Carer’s Allowance, and I would urge anyone who thinks they might qualify for that benefit to get in touch with Social Security Scotland and make sure they’re getting the support and help they’re entitled to.”