MSP Siobhan urges carers to seek financial support

MSP Siobhan McMahon
MSP Siobhan McMahon

Carers in Lanarkshire who look after ill or disabled loved ones have been urged to find out about the financial or practical support they are entitled to.

Central Scotland Labour MSP Siobhan McMahon made the call this week when she spoke out on National Carers’ Rights Day in support of Carers Scotland’s awareness campaign.

Ms McMahon said that there were tens of thousands of carers across Central Scotland, including 34,393 in North Lanarkshire and 32,796 in South Lanarkshire who were among the UK’s 657,000 unpaid carers providing care and support to family, friends and neighbours and saving the country an estimated £10.3 billion each year.

She said: “Carers are fulfilling a vital role in our society, but too often they go without the support they need because they don’t know about the support available.

“We must all play a role in helping to identify and support people who are looking after ill, frail or disabled loved ones and making sure they get the right information and advice about the support they are entitled to as early as possible.”

Carers Scotland Director, Simon Hodgson added: “Caring can be tough and finding out about what support is available can feel like finding your way through a maze of information.

“It’s essential carers are given information and advice to guide them early so they don’t miss out.”