Clackmannanshire & Dunblane MSP Keith Brown has praised the publication of a bill that will double the Supplement Allowance for unpaid carers.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement Bill will increase the current December payment by £231.80 to £462.80 in a forecast £21 million investment.

An SNP manifesto policy, doubling the Carer’s Allowance is a priority action for the Scottish Government in the first 100 days of this government. It will also be the second time the Scottish Government has doubled the Carer’s Allowance.

Keith Brown MSP said:

“I’m pleased that this policy is being pursued as a priority for the Scottish Government. We’ve now had nearly a year and a half of a pandemic in which unpaid carers have b been forced to really step up to the mark for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“No thank you will ever be enough for the selfless work that unpaid carers do in providing much needed care for loved ones. The word heroes is bandied about too often, but for unpaid carers, I think it’s an appropriate description.

“Caring responsibilities can often come with a financial burden, be that through working less or not at all, or through additional expenditure through care responsibilities. The Carers Supplement Allowance will go some way to help with income and expenditure, thanking carers for what they do and supporting them in it.

“I look forward to supporting this legislation through parliament and encourage my MSP colleagues, of all parties, to do so too.”