Carers urged to claim their due

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NEW figures highlight over 790 unpaid carers in the Falkirk Council area are not claiming the full carer's allowance they're entitled to.

The Carers Scotland data shows that of 2,262 unpaid carers in the area - which covers Bo'ness, Blackness and Whitecross - less than 1,500 are currently in receipt of Carer's Allowance.

Central Scotland SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn is encouraging those who think they may be eligible for the benefit to get in touch with the charity.

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