Christina McKelvie as a Carer Positive Employer.
SNP MSP Christina McKelvie has welcomed the news that carers in South Lanarkshire will receive the first payments of the new Carer’s Allowance Supplement from mid-September, back-dated to April.
This new benefit will be paid twice a year by Social Security Scotland, the first major new public service to be created since devolution.
Eligible carers will get a supplementary payment of £221, equivalent of an extra £8.50 per week, an increase of 13% on Carer’s Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions.
The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is worth more than £30 million a year and is set to benefit over 5388 people in South Lanarkshire.
Carers will receive letters from Social Security Scotland from week beginning 10 September so that they know in advance to expect a payment.
SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie said:
“This roll out of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement marks the beginning of a bright new chapter in Scottish public service.
“The SNP is committed to delivering a fairer system for social security: one that affords carers the dignity and respect they are due as a result of their selfless dedication.
“I have always championed the cause of our carers and earlier this year, I was proud to be appointed as an accredited Carer Positive Employer.
“We appreciate the contribution carers make to our society and we have always advocated that Carer’s Allowance should be the same rate as Jobseeker’s Allowance.
“It follows that the new powers over social security mean that we can make this a reality and put more money into the pockets of carers as a thank you for their tireless efforts.”