MARION CALLS ON FIRMS TO SIGN UP TO EMPLOYMENT SCHEME
Marion Fellows – MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, the SNP’s Westminster spokesperson for Small Business and carer – has this week, Carer’s Week, become the first MP to sign up to the Carer Positive employment scheme.
Run by Carers Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, Carer Positive awards are presented to employers in Scotland who have a working environment where carers and valued and supported – recognising the benefits to employers as well as helping individual staff and their families.
Marion, who cares for her husband George who is terminally ill, says that her personal experiences have given her a new found appreciation for the work that Carers across Scotland do and has called on firms to complete the simple self-assessment process themselves.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced at SNP conference on the weekend that the Scottish Government will increase Carer’s Allowance by more than £500 a year backdating payments to April.
Receiving her award from Sue McClintock of Carers Scotland, Marion said:
During Carers Week, we must recognise the work carers put into looking after loved ones and that employers offer the right support and understanding to those who perform such a demanding role.
Being a carer can bring with it particular and sudden pressures. Flexibility is therefore essential to ensure the strains of being a carer are minimised and that people can still continue to contribute in their workplace.
Being a carer for my husband George has given me insight into just how essential they are for peoples’ quality of life. Not only are carers valued by their loved ones, but they also perform an extremely important role within communities.
The SNP understands this which is why I’m thrilled that one of the first uses of the Scottish Government’s welfare powers will be to increase Carer’s Allowance by £500 a year.
I encourage businesses across Scotland to sign the pledge and show to their workforce and the country that carers are valued at work and at home.