This blog reports on work that was carried out by a group of the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s Experts by Experience Panel on a response to the Scottish Commission on Social Security (SCoSS) on the Draft Regulations Carer’s Assistance (Carer Support Payment) (Scotland) 2023. Three Panel members with direct experience of care formed a working group to respond to the draft Regulations.
The Panel have been concerned about the pressure that unpaid carers face in the ongoing cost of living crisis. To explore this issue, a Panel member presented on their experience to other Panel members about the challenges carers face on a daily basis and what government could do to ease this pressure. The Panel have also met with Scottish Government officials working on carer policy and carer benefits, to hear about work that the Scottish Government is doing to support carers and give panel members the chance to tell officials what more they feel should be done.
This first section highlights the response from Panel members on the specific issues SCoSS were consulting on.
|The Panel response highlighted members calling for:
I would like to put a challenge to politicians of all parties, to be an unpaid carer for 1 week and see how it is. See the challenges, see how unpredictable it can be and how we need to think on our feet all the time. Note how much work an unpaid carer does to receive the pittance of money given in payment for saving the NHS billions.
– Panel Member
Additional Support for Unpaid Carers
Panel members feel strongly that unpaid carers make a significant contribution to public service and society and the support provided to unpaid carers is not comparable to their valuable role as care providers.
|Panel members have outlined additional support that they feel should be provided to Unpaid Carers by Scottish Government:
How the submission was prepared
A working group of three Panel members with experience of unpaid care and having interest in this issue was formed to shape this submission with Secretariat support.
The key points that the working group wished to raise were presented to the full Experts by Experience Panel meeting of Tuesday 16 May 2023.
You can read the full submission by the Experts by Experience Panel working group here.
If you would like to know more about the Experts by Experience Panel or this work, please contact Munwar Hussain, Senior Participation Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org