Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, is encouraging local carers to take part in State of Caring 2022, an annual survey by the charity Carers UK. Wishart highlighted the impact Long Covid has had on people’s lives, including young people who have become carers for parents and guardians, while more is learnt about the debilitating and prolonged condition.
Liberal Democrats have put caring at the forefront of national campaigning seeking a greener, fairer, more caring country. Westminster leader Ed Davey was a young carer from age 12 to his mother who was diagnosed with cancer. Davey and his wife care for their son who was born with an undiagnosed neurological condition meaning he cannot walk or talk.
Earlier this month Twickenham’s Liberal Democrat MP Munira Wilson introduced her Kinship Care Bill which seeks to support family members who take on the care of a child who is not their own and do not get the same financial support as a foster carer. The Scottish Government does provide benefits to certain kinship carers and anyone uncertain about what support they could receive can find information at: kinship.scot a website managed by Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland.
Ms Wishart said:
“The kindness, selflessness and love of carers should be applauded. Often hidden and unsung, I am encouraging carers out there to help those they care for, other carers, and themselves by providing valuable responses to the caring survey.
“Covid-19 has brought about many unexpected things, not least the challenge of Long Covid. Some young people have found themselves caring for their parents who, since contracting Covid-19, now live with fatigue and a radical change in their day to day life. Other young people have Long Covid themselves, completely changing their lives, and those around them.
“To fully support these households and many others, we need grassroot responses. These are valuable voices of real first-hand experience and can make a difference to the future support for carers and those they care for.”
Notes to Editors
The Scottish Government’s Kinship Care guidance.
Kinship Care – Advice service for Scotland’s website.
More information about Munira Wilson’s Kinship Car Bill can be found here.