Mackay calls on young carers to find out what they are entitled to

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay is backing a new campaign being launched to raise awareness of support for young carers.

The campaign between the Scottish Government and Young Scot will use social media to reach carers aged 16-24 who may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance but are not claiming it, using platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to reach young adults.

An estimated 49,000 people in Scotland aged 16-24 are carers.

Mr Mackay said:

“Young carers make an immense contribution to our society – often making large personal sacrifices to care for loved ones.

“That is why the SNP Government is committed to doing all we can to help carers and give them the support they deserve.

“The current UK benefit system fails to make sure that carers, and particularly young adult carers, know what support they are entitled to and how to apply to receive it.

“So during Carers Week, I am joining the campaign and encourage all young Carers to find out what you could be entitled to.”

Background

  • Around 3,900 people in Scotland aged 16-24 are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance
  • Information for young carersis available on the Young Scot website.
  • Carer’s Allowance is one of eleven benefits being devolved to the Scottish Parliament. It will be delivered by Scotland’s new social security agency.
  • Carer’s Allowance is currently administered by the Department of Work and Pensions. The weekly rate of £62.70 is available to those aged 16 and over who spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone in receipt of a qualifying disability benefit.
  • More detail on eligibility for Carer’s Allowanceis available on the Young Scot website.
  • Social Security Secretary Angela Constance confirmed thatthe Scottish Government would invest more than £30 million a year to increase Carer’s Allowance to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance to be delivered by Summer 2018, subject to agreement from the Scottish Parliament

 

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