Moray SNP News
Richard Lochhead marked carers week with a visit to the Carers Café which took place at Mackenzie and Cruickshank Garden Centre in Forres. The event was organised by Quarriers and was an opportunity for unpaid carers to take a break and to relax with other carers over tea and cake.
Richard joined Sandi Downing, the Moray Quarriers Project Manager at the event where he had the chance to hear first-hand from carers about the vital role they play and the support they receive from Quarriers.
Carers week ran from 6th-12th June and the Scottish Government has confirmed they will consider introducing a Young Carers Allowance using the parliament's welfare powers.
Speaking after the event, Richard Lochhead said:
"Carers make a huge contribution to their families, friends, communities and the wider economy and I know there are many people in Moray who give up so much, and do an incredible job, caring for a loved one.
"I was really pleased to have the opportunity as part of Carers Week to catch up with Quarriers to hear about the invaluable support they offer carers, and also to meet with carers at the Café event to learn about their experiences first hand.
"It is vital that carers receive the support they need and I certainly welcome the Scottish Government's announcement this week that they are to consider introducing a Young Carers Allowance. Scottish Ministers have already committed to increasing the Carers Allowance to the same level as Job Seekers Allowance which is good news, but we need to make sure that young carers do not miss out."