Bo’ness MSP champions carers rights day

Angus MacDonald MSP
Angus MacDonald MSP

Over 6000 unpaid carers in the area are being encouraged to find out what their rights are as part of national carers rights day.

Angus MacDonald MSP said getting the right information can make a huge difference to carers’ lives.

Figures estimate 42 per cent of carers miss out on financial support available to them and Angus MacDonald is encouraging them to get the help they deserve.

He said: “Caring will touch all of our lives at some point. Every year, tens of thousands of people begin caring for a disabled, older or seriously-ill loved one, yet worryingly carers tell us that it can be really difficult to get the help and advice they need.

“We know that getting the right information at the right time can make a big difference to carers’ lives.

“Carers Rights Day is about ensuring that carers don’t miss out on the financial, practical and emotional support they are entitled to, as well as recognising carers huge contribution to our society.”

There are 6291 unpaid carers in the Falkirk East constituency, which covers Bo’ness, and it is estimated that around 2000 people take up the role each year.

A free copy of Carers Scotland’s new guide to carers’ rights and benefits called ‘Looking After Someone’ can be obtained by visiting www.carerscotland.org or by calling Carers UK’s Adviceline on 0808 808 7777.