The COVID-19 outbreak has had a serious impact on unpaid carers in Scotland. Last year the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 provided a 'double payment' of Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June 2020.
This covered the period from 1 April to 30 September 2020. The Carer's Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill was created to allow the Scottish Government to provide eligible unpaid carers; who receive the Carer’s Allowance Supplement, with another 'double payment' in December 2021 of £462.80 through its proposed legislation for the period from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.
The Social Justice and Social Security Committee opened the Bill up to public consultation from 02 July 2021 – 12 August 2021. In order to submit an organisational response to the Bill, Lanarkshire Carers held an open consultation to seek the views of the proposed double payment and the Bill, of carers living in Lanarkshire. We received a fantastic response from carers sharing their experiences of caring through the pandemic with us through our consultation survey and by attending our focus groups.
A link to a copy of the published consultation report and organisational response can be found at the bottom of this email.
Social Justice and Social Security Committee
Following this response being submitted on Thursday 12 August, we received an email thanking us for responding to the call for views on the Bill and with an invitation for a representative from Lanarkshire Carers to give evidence at a hybrid meeting of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee on the Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill on Thursday 02 September 2021.
We were delighted that Colin, a carer involved with Lanarkshire Carers, was able to attend the committee meeting and represent unpaid carers living in Lanarkshire who shared their views and experiences with us through our consultation.
Following last week's committee meeting, Lanarkshire Carers will be contacting all Lanarkshire constituency and regional MSP's encouraging them to support the bill at Stage 1 whilst also raising the experiences and views of carers to ensure that their voices are heard.