Local MSP Jackie Baillie called for greater support for Scotland’s carers on International Carers’ Rights Day.

Alongside Scottish Labour’s Carers’ Champion, Clare Lally, she challenged the SNP to back the pledge and ensure that their Carers Bill enshrines Carers’ Rights in Scotland.

Jackie said:

 “International Carers’ Rights Day is an opportunity to connect with carers and reaffirm our commitment to them. Too often they are forgotten and taken for granted when they deserve our support and appreciation.

 “Scottish Labour has always been committed to upholding carers’ rights and ensuring that the best possible support is available to them across the country.  I am delighted to support my colleague Rhoda Grant’s Parliamentary motion and give my backing to Scottish Labour’s Carers’ pledge.

 “I’m challenging the SNP to do the same and show their commitment to improving carers’ rights in Scotland.”

 “The Carers’ Labour Network provides a platform for carers across the country to share their experiences and support one another. By listening to carers like Clare, we will be able to hold the Scottish Government accountable and deliver the change needed to support Scotland’s Carers. I urge carers in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond to join the network and make sure their voice is heard”

 Scottish Labours Carers Champion Clare Lally said:

 “As Carers’ Champion my job is to ensure that my fellow carers understand what rights they have, and that they get access to the support and services they need.

 “Currently in Scotland, carers struggle to access the support they are entitled to. This situation cannot continue. The Scottish Government should back our pledge to give the Care Inspectorate responsibility for Carers’ services. This will empower carers to demand the support they need and deserve

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