MSP wants amend­ments to Bill

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

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

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