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Referendum 2014: What’s in it for carers?

28 April 2014

The National Carer Organisations in Scotland are bringing together both sides of the independence debate at two events for carers, with the first taking place today (Monday 28 April) with Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.

The second event takes place on 9 May with Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont MSP. These events will allow Scotland’s unpaid carers to find out more about the referendum and what each outcome would mean for them and the people they care for.

Each representative will have an opportunity to introduce the arguments for and against independence before answering questions from carers in attendance or who have submitted questions in advance.

Florence Burke, Director of Carers Trust Scotland, said:

“There are over 650,000 unpaid carers in Scotland, which is a significant portion of the voting population. To date, carers’ issues have been widely ignored in this debate. In order for them to make an informed choice they need opportunities such as these to question decision makers. Both sides of the independence debate need to clearly outline their vision for Scotland's future, what the impact on carers and those they care for will be and how they plan to ensure that unpaid carers are recognised and valued.”

Fiona Collie, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Carers Scotland, said:

“There are many issues that affect carers including health and care, welfare and employment as well as the wider economic future of Scotland. Carers want to know more about the impact of their vote and what difference this could make to their lives as carers and to the people that they care for. That’s why we helped organise this event: for carers to hear more and ask the questions that they want answers to.”

Claire Cairns from The Coalition of Carers Scotland added:

“We all want to be fully informed when we come to cast our vote and for many carers this means looking particularly at the future impact on the health and care services which they rely on. How will it affect their role as a carer and the services provided to the person they care for? Which outcome will deliver greater improvements to their lives? These are the questions which carers want answered and these meeting will provide carers with the forum to ask them.”

About the National Carer Organisations (NCOs)

The National Carer Organisations are Carers Trust Scotland, Carers Scotland, Shared Care Scotland, The Coalition of Carers in Scotland, Minority Ethnic Carers of Older People Project (MECOPP), Crossroads Caring Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

Event information:

Nicola Sturgeon MSP event

Date: 28 April 2014, 12pm-2pm
Venue: Glasgow Council for Voluntary Sector, Albany Centre, Ashley St, Glasgow, G3 6DS

Johann Lamont MSP event

Date: 9 May 2014, 10am-12pm
Venue: Renfield St Stephen’s Church, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JP


Maxine Finlay, Communications & PR Manager (Scotland), Carers Trust

Tel: 0300 123 2008 | Mob: 07791 230261

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