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Thousands of carers in Perth & Kinross have benefitted from new Carer’s Allowance Supplement (CAS) payments of up to £442 introduced by the Scottish Government.  New figures show that 3,195 payments have been made to 1,750 carers in the Perth & Kinross local authority area, totalling £706,000.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an extra payment made to carers in Scotland twice a year, in recognition of the important contribution they make.

Carers will now get two supplementary payments totalling £442 per year, equivalent to an extra £8.50 per week, which is a 13% increase on the Carer’s Allowance from the UK Government.

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP commented

“Last year, the Carer’s Allowance Supplement helped 83,000 carers across Scotland, including 1,750 in the Perth & Kinross Council area who were eligible for at least one payment in the past year.

“Carers in Perth & Kinross make an absolutely vital contribution to our society, and it is only right that they are valued and supported.

“The SNP is determined to use the powers available to the Scottish Government to improve the lives of people across Scotland.

“This supplementary payment allows the Scottish Government to get more money into the pockets of carers, as quickly as possible.

“We would always want to do more but I am delighted that, within the powers and resources available to it, the Scottish Government is making sure that carers in my Perthshire South & Kinross-shire constituency are being recognised for the important contribution carers make, and the hard work they do in what can often be difficult circumstances.”

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NOTE: Summary Statistics are available here.


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