Local MP Jo Swinson has welcomed the news that nearly 1,400 carers in East Dunbartonshire will receive a bonus worth up to £250 a year under a Liberal Democrat government.
The no strings attached Carer’s Bonus will help more than one million people who look after disabled loved ones. The annual payment will help full-time carers get a bit of extra help and recognises the invaluable contribution they make to society. In total, 1,380 local carers will benefit from this bonus.
Commenting, Jo said:
“Carers are Britain’s unsung heroes. Up and down the country, behind closed doors, you’ll find a hidden army of carers doing amazing things every day.
“It is estimated that six in ten of us will at some point in our lives find ourselves caring for someone else – an elderly relative, a sick child, a friend who needs our support.
“These are people who deserve our support even in straightened times, which is why the Liberal Democrat manifesto will give a much deserved bonus to carers, and I am glad that nearly 1,400 hardworking local carers will receive this.”
Liberal Democrat Care Minister, Norman Lamb added:
“We know how hard carers work and that one of the most important things to them is getting a break every now again.
“It is why the Liberal Democrats will introduce this Carer’s Bonus if we are in government again after the General Election.
“But it’s not for us to dictate to them what they do with it – carers know best how to spend the money in the way that will most benefit them and the people they care for.”