Government Pays out £775,000 to South Ayrshire Carers

Published date : 31 May 2019

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT PAYS OUT £775,000 TO CARERS IN SOUTH AYRSHIRE

1890 CARERS BENEFIT FROM DEVOLVED WELFARE POWERS

Thousands of carers in South Ayrshire have benefitted from new Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS) payments of up to £442 introduced by the Scottish Government.

New figures show that 3505 payments have been to carers in South Ayrshire, totalling £775,000.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an extra payment made to carers in Scotland twice a year, in recognition of the important contribution they make.

Carers will now get two supplementary payments totalling £442 per year, equivalent to an extra £8.50 per week, which is a 13% increase on the Carer’s Allowance from the UK Government.

MSP Jeane Freeman said:  

“Last year, the Carer’s Allowance Supplement helped 83,000 carers across Scotland, including 1890 carers in South Ayrshire.

“Carers in South Ayrshire make an absolutely vital contribution to our society, and it’s only appropriate that they’re duly valued and properly supported.

“We are determined to use the powers available to the Scottish Government to improve the lives of people across Scotland.

“This supplementary payment allows the Scottish Government to get more money into the pockets of carers, as quickly as possible.

“I am delighted that carers in South Ayrshire are being recognised for the important contribution carers make, and the hard work they do in what can often be difficult circumstances.

ENDS

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