Equality News Update: Kingdom FM: Cash boost for Fife carers

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Over £1.2m in additional support for Fife carers

5,835 carers in Fife are to receive £221 each in first payments from Social Security Scotland

Over 77,000 carers who were getting Carer’s Allowance from the DWP on 16 April 2018 were paid an additional £221 from the Scottish Government – totalling an investment of £17.2 million.

Showing the importance the Scottish Government places on recognising the role of carers, the Carer’s Allowance Supplement was the first payment to be made by Social Security Scotland, which was launched in September 2018. A second annual payment was made in December 2018.

Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “These payments marked a momentous moment – one where the most significant new public service since devolution became real.

“With this one payment alone, this new service helped 77,620 people including 5,835 in Fife.”

“Social Security Scotland Chief Executive, David Wallace, said:

“Our priority is to make sure that people get the right amount of money paid to them, into the right place and at the right time.

 

Read more at: https://www.kingdomfm.co.uk/news/local-news/cash-boost-for-fife-carers/

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