MSP wants amendments to Bill
Rutherglen MSP James Kelly has backed more support for carers in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
The Labour MSP will back amendments to the Carers Bill to beef up the powers of the Care Inspectorate. Under Scottish Labour plans the Care Inspectorate will be given responsibility for inspecting the standards and provision of carer services across Scotland.
The party say this will mean that support groups, information and advice centres for carers meet a national standard.
There are an estimated 5965 carers in the Rutherglen constituency, and with Carers Week running last week the local MSP believes now is the time to deliver the extra support carers deserve and called on Scotland’s other political parties to back their plans.
Speaking to the Reformer James said: “Carers Week is one of the most important weeks of the year, as for too long the work of Scotland’s unpaid carers goes unrecognised and unsupported.
“Carers UK estimate that Scotland’s carers save Scotland £10billion a year, the absolute least we can deliver is more support for the almost 6000 carers in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
“That’s why I will be voting to beef up the powers of the Care Inspectorate, to make them responsible for carers services and support.
“I am calling on the other political parties at Holyrood to put people before politics and deliver a better deal for Scotland’s carers”
Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health Jamie Hepburn said: “As I clearly set out in a debate on carers in the Parliament just this week, I welcome any suggestions that seek to improve the Carers Bill and the lives of carers and young carers across Scotland.
“We are only at the start of the Bill process, and any good suggestions will of course be given full consideration as we take this legislation forward.
“The Bill will require each local authority to produce a local carer strategy which will focus on, amongst other things, its plans for supporting carers in the area. Each local carer strategy will be published with the aim of encouraging good practice across Scotland.
“We are providing more funding than before to support carers and young carers, providing choice and control to meet their specific needs. We have invested over £114m between 2007 to 2015 in a range of programmes and initiatives, including over £14m for the voluntary short breaks fund – which has benefitted over 32,000 carers and young carers –and £28.9m to Health Boards for direct support to carers between 2008-2015.”
Carers call MSP James Kelly has called on amendments to the Carers Bill