CHAMPIONING CARERS RIGHTS DAY
Friday, 20 November 2015 19:12
Angus MacDonald MSP urges carers to find out about their entitlements
Local MSP Angus MacDonald is encouraging the 6,291 unpaid carers in his constituency of Falkirk East to find about their rights as part of national Carers Rights Day. This designated day forms part of a campaign led by Carers Scotland encouraging people caring for ill or disabled loved ones to find out about the financial and practical support they are entitled to.
It is estimated that each year around 2,061 people take up a caring role in Falkirk East, yet Carers Scotland research shows that 42% of carers miss out on the financial support available.
There are 759,000 unpaid carers across Scotland who provide care and support to family, friends and neighbours, saving the country an estimated £10.8 billion each year – effectively the cost of a second health service.
Commenting, Carers Scotland Director Simon Hodgson said, “Caring will touch all of our lives at some point. Every year, tens of thousands of people begin caring for a disabled, older or seriously-ill loved one, yet worryingly carers tell us that it can be really difficult to get the help and advice they need.
“We know that getting the right information at the right time can make a big difference to carers’ lives. Carers Rights Day is about ensuring that carers don’t miss out on the financial, practical and emotional support they are entitled to, as well as recognising carers huge contribution to our society.”
Commending the work of Carers Scotland, Angus MacDonald MSP stated, "Carers make a huge contribution to our society, yet all too often go without the support they need because they simply don’t know what support is available.
“We must all play a role in helping to identify and support people who are looking after ill, frail or disabled loved ones and making sure they get the right information and advice about the support they are entitled to as early as possible.
“A free copy of Carers Scotland’s new guide to carers’ rights and benefits called ‘Looking After Someone’ can be obtained by visiting www.carerscotland.org or by calling Carers UK’s Adviceline on 0808 808 7777.”