Car­ers wel­come cash grant

Rutherglen Reformer - - Clare Haughey - Marc McLean

Car­ers across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are wel­com­ing a much needed cash boost from the Scot­tish Govern­ment.

They are be­ing paid the Carer’s Al­lowance Sup­ple­ment - an ad­di­tional £442 this fi­nan­cial year.

The cash award comes in two pay­ments of £221, equiv­a­lent of an ex­tra £8.50 per week and an in­crease of 13 per­cent on the cur­rent Carer’s Al­lowance.

So­cial Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary, Shirley–Anne Somerville, said: “Car­ers make a vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety, which this pay­ment recog­nises, putting an ex­tra £442 in their pock­ets this fi­nan­cial year.

“When we take over the de­vo­lu­tion of Carer’s Al­lowance, we will con­tinue this in­creased rate which will also rise an­nu­ally in line with in­fla­tion.

“This in­vest­ment of over £30m a year ad­dresses the un­fair­ness that Carer’s Al­lowance is the low­est of the work­ing age ben­e­fits.”

If you be­lieve you are el­i­gi­ble for the Carer’s Al­lowance Sup­ple­ment and have not re­ceived a pay­ment by Oc­to­ber 15 then you should phone 0800 182 2222.

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