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Lanarkshire carers received extra funding last year

Carers in Lanarkshire benefited from a cash boost given to them last year.

Almost 6,000 people have received the extra funding which has put almost £700 more in their pockets.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement was introduced by the Scottish Government. This is an additional payment, paid twice a year to recipients of care allowance.

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Since its launch in 2018, it has provided over 45,000 payments to families in South Lanarkshire.

The Scottish government doubled the payment last year due to the extra burden placed on carers due to the pandemic.

The additional payment meant carers in South Lanarkshire received up to £462.80 at the end of 2021 on top of the payment earlier in the year.

In October 2021, 5,725 carers in South Lanarkshire received the additional double payment.

In 2022, £237.90 will be awarded to those eligible in April and October under the scheme.

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey praised the additional funding.

She said Lanarkshire Live: “Caregivers have undoubtedly been hit hard throughout the pandemic and so I am happy that the Scotsman

The government has chosen to address this issue by introducing an additional carer’s allowance supplement payment.

“This extra £700 payment could have been a lifesaver for many carers.

“The contribution they make to the health and well-being of loved ones is immeasurable, and it is essential that they have the support they need to provide care and lead fulfilling lives.”

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