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Roseanna Cunningham MSP has given her backing to Young Carers Action Day, an annual campaign day organised by Carers Trust.

It has taken place over the last six years to raise awareness of young carers and young adult carers and the immense contribution they make to their families and local communities through caring for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Speaking on Young Carers Action Day 2021, Roseanna praised young carers in her constituency and highlighted the availability of the Young Carer Package and Young Carers Grant, saying:

“Young carers deserve our recognition, thanks and support every year and every day but this year, in particular, will have put even more pressure than normal on this incredible group of young people and I want to take the opportunity of Young Carers Day to thank them for everything that they do.

“A recent Carers Trust Scotland survey revealed high levels of anxiety and stress among young carers. The survey found over two thirds (71%) of young carers aged 12 to 17, and 85% of young adult carers aged 18 to 25 were experiencing increased concern for their futures since Coronavirus.

“I appreciate how hard it must be to be trying to juggle caring responsibilities with trying to make the most of education or employment opportunities and just being able to take a break.

“So, I want to make sure every young carer in my constituency is aware of the support that the Scottish Government has introduced and should be available to them.  

“The Young Carer Grant helps eligible young carers aged 16, 17 or 18 access life opportunities that are the norm for many other young people. In its first year, Social Security Scotland have approved 2,045 applications - with over £600,000 being invested into supporting the young carers of Scotland.

“The Scottish Government has also provided £300,000 in extra funding for the Young Scot Young Carer Package this year to support young carers’ wellbeing and enable them to take some form of a break.

“The support the SNP Scottish Government has brought forward for carers in Scotland – including the Young Carers Grant and introducing the Carers Allowance Supplement for those in receipt of Carers Allowance – shows the SNP’s ambition and what we can do when we have the powers.”

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