The Scottish Government recently announced a new Carers Grant. This grant will be awarded to those aged 16-18 who do at least 16 hours of caring a week but, do not qualify for carers allowance. Although this is welcomed news there are still a number of challenges young cares face.
Throughout my time as a MSP, I have been very passionate about carers, their rights and support that is available to them. Having been a young carer myself, I know how it feels and the stress that young carers can go through.
The SNP Government have slashed local authority budgets since 2011 which has greatly impacted on the support available to young carers. We will only be able to properly address this when we invest in our public services.