• Kirsten

Supporting our Carers and the Most Vulnerable

It is a tale of two governments - the contrast between the UK government and their bedroom-tax, two-child-cap, rape-clause approach to benefits, and SNP's commitment to ensure dignity, fairness and respect remain at the heart of Scotland's social security system could not be starker.


If re-elected, the SNP will introduce further measures to support carers and tackle fuel poverty, including:


Awarding a double payment of Carers Allowance Supplement this year, worth £460, in recognition of the extra burden the pandemic has placed on carers.


Introducing an improved Carers Assistance payment to replace carers allowance. It will pay a further £10 per week to those who are caring for more than one disabled person, and increase the period of paying the benefit when a carer loses someone they have cared for from 8 weeks to 12 weeks.


A new Winter Heating Payment for older people, replacing the UK winter fuel payment. The payment will maintain current rates and not be subject to means-testing. It will help around 1 million households and is backed by around £180m a year.


In addition, the £25 Cold Weather Payment, which is unreliable and can pay out infrequently, will be replaced with a new stable annual £50 Winter Heating Payment to low-income households currently eligible for Cold Weather Payments. This £20m investment will benefit around 400,000 households.


You can read more here:


https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-pledges-cash-boost-23857168?fbclid=IwAR0w6vuzaIO7VVmwFLzYM0egBIYx9sBdPkFbTmOsyrU5aC3AnKiw6BNZuqk