Wednesday, 13 March 2019 23:30

LABOUR VOTES TO DENY FUNDING BOOST FOR CARERS

Scottish Labour has been criticised for voting against regulations which would increase the Carer's Allowance by 2.4% in 2019/20.

Labour MSPs were the only party to vote against regulations which see the Carer's Allowance rise by 2.4% from £64.60 to £66.15 per week.

Last year, the Scottish Government introduced the Carer’s Allowance Supplement – an additional £442 a year to over 77,000 carers, and an investment of over £33 million in Scotland’s carers. This brought the level of financial support for carers in line with Jobseeker's Allowance.

Commenting, Keith Brown MSP said:

“It is shameful that Labour voted against a welcome increase in funding for carers, which would directly impact lives in Scotland.

“The Scottish Government has already uprated the supplement, and this change means that for the first time carers in Scotland will now get a higher level of support than Jobseeker’s Allowance. That is an extra £452.40 a year for carers compared to their counterparts outwith Scotland.

“Unlike Labour, the SNP recognise the vital contribution that carers make to society, and will continue to recognise the work they do in our communities in what can often be difficult circumstances.

“It’s simply unbelievable that the Labour party actually voted against carers today.

“Instead of these petty stunts, Labour should start working with the SNP to build a social security system with dignity and fairness at its heart.”



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