As a carer myself, I’m committed to trying to make the world a better place for carers and those they care for – I know the SNP Scottish government shares this commitment to carers’ rights and recognises that this is a human rights issue.
Earlier this year the Scottish Government introduced the Carers (Scotland) Bill to parliament and, if passed, it will embed this human rights approach to improving information, support and advice for carers. I think the Bill is a fantastic opportunity to improve the quality and consistency of support for carers up and down the country.
Following the passage of the Scotland Bill the Scottish Parliament will take on new powers over welfare, giving us the opportunity to extend this human rights approach to the Scottish social security system. That’s why the SNP is committed to increasing Carer's Allowance to at least the level of Jobseeker's Allowance – recognising carers’ human right to an adequate standard of living.
However, while the Scottish Government is trying to further embed human rights, we have a regressive UK Government preparing to scrap the Human Rights Act in its entirety. It has never been more important for all of us to fly the flag for the human rights of carers.
It’s worth checking out the #FlyTheFlag campaign and find out how you can show your support: http://onescotland.org/campaigns/human-rights/