Following this year’s Carers Week, Jo Swinson MP has visited a local service dedicated to the needs of East Dunbartonshire’s thousands of carers.
Jo enjoyed a catch up with staff and a group of local carers at Carers Link in Milngavie, before lunch and a Q&A session. Carers took the chance to ask Jo about Government policy in relation to carers, as well as pressing local issues like the Kilmardinny development.
Milngavie Carers Link provides support and a listening ear to carers and their families, including regular ‘blether groups’ for carers in similar situations, as well as information and advice.
Commenting, Jo Swinson said:
“Carers’ huge contributions to society are often overlooked, but nearly 12,000 people are carers here in East Dunbartonshire. Since it opened in 2004 a huge number of people have benefited from Carers Link’s support and advice, whether over the phone, in person or in a group.
“There are a huge number of pressures on carers, from the financial to the emotional, so I am pleased that the Government is providing the NHS with an extra £400million over the next 4 years to give carers more breaks from their day-to-day responsibilities. I hope the Scottish Government will put their share of the extra cash toward support for carers too.”
For more information on East Dunbartonshire Carers Link call 0141 955 213. The Government announced in November that it will provide an additional £400million to the NHS over the next four years to enable more carers to take breaks from their caring responsibilities, delivering on a Liberal Democrat manifesto commitment to provide respite care for the hardest working carers (i.e. carers working over 50 hours a week).