Baillie 9

£300 available for those who qualify

By Democrat reporter

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton and Lomond constituency is calling on young carers in her area to sign up to the Scottish Government’s 2019 Young Carers Grant. Applications opened on 21 October and any 16, 17 and 18 year old young carers are eligible to apply.

The Young Carer Grant has been designed to support young carers during a significant transitional period of their life, to access the same opportunities as their non-caring peers.  The young carers must be caring for someone on certain disability benefits for an average of 16 hours a week to access the £300 a year grant.

Jackie Baillie said:  “The Young Carers Grant is a fantastic opportunity for young carers in my constituency to receive funding so that they don’t miss out on the opportunities that many young people who don’t have caring responsibilities are able to enjoy.

“Young carers make significant sacrifices in every aspect of their life due to the care-giving responsibilities that they have. This grant will ensure that they can lead as normal a life as possible and helps them to reach their potential, like every other young person.

“I encourage young carers in my constituency to consider applying and to get in touch with my office if they need help with their application.”

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