LOCAL MP WELCOMES FIGURES SHOWING NORTH
LANARKSHIRE SECOND MOST LOCAL AUTHORTY TO BENEFIT FROM GROUND-BREAKING NEW CARERS
Recent figures have revealed that North
Lanarkshire carers were the second biggest recipient of the SNP Scottish
Government’s Carers Allowance Supplement (CAS) with £6m being paid out since
The CAS provides carers with £226.20 twice
a year. The latest payment in October 2019 paid £1.5m to 6,685 carers in North
Since the launch of CAS, 26,985
payments have been paid to carers in North Lanarkshire while 317,055 have been
paid across Scotland.
In terms of payments made and the
total sum paid, North Lanarkshire was second behind Glasgow and came just ahead
of Fife and South Lanarkshire.
Commenting, SNP MP for Motherwell and
Wishaw and the SNP’s Westminster Disabilities spokesperson, Marion Fellows
“The SNP Scottish Government is
utilising its powers over social security to deliver ground-breaking support of
over £450 a year to people in North Lanarkshire and across Scotland who care
for people with disabilities and illness.
“Our carers do an essential job in
our communities. The Scottish Government has rightly deemed them a priority to
receive this vital support. Carers and the people they care for deserve a
dignified standard of living.
“In stark contrast to the UK
Government’s welfare regime, the SNP Scottish Government is building a social
security system based on fairness, dignity and respect. With independence, we
can take control of all social security and employment law to deliver the
support for those in need and lift people out of poverty.”