Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed the commitment to improve the quality and quantity of short breaks for carers and young carers by the Scottish Government.

In partnership with COSLA, the Scotland-wide target of 10,000 weeks has been achieved and exceeded.  Local authorities have delivered an extra 10,600 respite weeks by 2011 exceeding the target of 10,000 weeks.

Linda said “Older people, young adults, disabled children and carers are benefitting from this respite through the investment of £4 million by the Scottish Government.

“I am pleased the Scottish Government has made a commitment to maintain funding in the local government finance settlement.

“Respite is so important to carers across East Kilbride which is why, unlike other political parties, the SNP made a manifesto commitment to ensure this was maintained.

“As a result, respite has been increase by 3,000 weeks across South Lanarkshire, something that would not have been delivered by our political opponents.

“I commend the work of Director of Social Work, Harry Stevenson and his staff on achieving this and thank carers across East Kilbride for their continued hard work and commitment to the most vulnerable people in our town.”

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