Ad­di­tional cash for car­ers now in place

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Car­ers are set to re­ceive the sec­ond pay­ment of the Car­ers’ Al­lowance Sup­ple­ment next week.

The sup­ple­ment, which is pro­vided twice a year by So­cial Se­cu­rity Scotland, will be paid out to the ma­jor­ity of car­ers on De­cem­ber 14.

So­cial Se­cu­rity sec­re­tary Shirley-Anne Somerville re­cently met with a group of car­ers in Ed­in­burgh.

She said: “We want to make sure their con­tri­bu­tion is recog­nised, which is why we in­tro­duced this new sup­ple­ment, putting an ex­tra £442 in car­ers pock­ets this fi­nan­cial year.”

Shona Moyes, 56, is a carer to her 16-year-old son Gre­gor who has com­plex phys­i­cal and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

She said: “I was forced to give up a well-paid job to care for my son. This has been both phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally de­mand­ing and has had a huge im­pact on the fi­nan­cial wellbeing of my fam­ily.”

“For the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to recog­nise this and in­crease Carer’s Al­lowance is great news for me and all car­ers.”

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