Local MP Jo Swinson is pleased that support for local carers is improving across East Dunbartonshire. In the last year, respite weeks for carers in East Dunbartonshire have increased by 10%, making our local area one of the best in Scotland for giving hard-working carers well deserved breaks.
Respite weeks allow unpaid carers to take a break from their care responsibilities, with the Council stepping in to provide replacement care support.
In July, Jo was pleased that the Liberal Democrats announced that their manifesto will give a much deserved bonus to carers of £250 a year. This proposal would benefit 1,400 hardworking local carers.
Commenting, Jo said:
“I am pleased that East Dunbartonshire Council has managed to increase its services to help unpaid carers who selflessly provide invaluable care in our community, but need support otherwise their own mental and physical health can be put at risk. That is why respite weeks are so important.
“Liberal Democrats in government have made boosting support for respite a key social care priority in other parts of the UK. However across Scotland, figures reveal that respite weeks have fallen by nearly 2,000 in the last year including a drop of 23% in Labour-run Glasgow. This postcode lottery for respite weeks is wholly unacceptable and we need assurances that those who need help are getting it."