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Lanarkshire carers set to benefit from double Christmas payment

More than 10,000 eligible unpaid carers across Lanarkshire will receive a double payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement this winter.

Legislation passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament last week has ensured that the December payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement will be doubled to £462.80, benefitting more than 91,000 people – including around 5840 carers across South Lanarkshire and 6985 in North Lanarkshire.

The extra funding is to recognise the additional pressures unpaid carers face as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey voted for the double payment and praised the “heroic efforts” of local carers to Lanarkshire Live.

She said: “Unpaid carers will be facing a squeeze on incomes in the coming months with skyrocketing energy bills and food prices.

“The doubling of the Carer’s Allowance supplement will provide a vital lifeline for eligible unpaid carers.

“The Scottish Government is already providing significantly more support to carers than elsewhere in the UK. The Carer’s Allowance Supplement itself is already a 13 per cent increase to Carer’s Allowance, so this additional money will go even further.

“Unpaid carers have had an incredibly difficult time during the pandemic and without their heroic efforts our services would have been under greater strain.

“That is why the Scottish Government has doubled the Carer’s Allowance Supplement – recognising this vital work and the difficulties that these dedicated carers will face as we head into winter.”

The extra investment, forecast to be £21 million, marks the second time the Scottish Government has doubled a Carer’s Allowance Supplement payment.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill will also give Ministers powers to provide eligible carers with additional financial support in future if the need arises.

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