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Carers Scotland praises executive's plans

26th April 2006

Carers Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Executive's plans for better support of home carers but claims more resources are needed to implement the plans.

The director of Carers Scotland Pat Begley told BBC Radio Scotland’s 'Scotland Live' that he was delighted at the executive's commitment to one of the biggest workforces in the country.

The deputy health minister Lewis Macdonald announced on Monday that it was planning to implement a ten-year project to improve the support offered home carers in Scotland.

The plan hopes to improve training for carers, offer better healthcare for them and increase the support for young carers.

The executive is also considering providing breaks for carers but believes that local authority resources are too stretched to currently accommodate this.

Mr Begley said that the announcement "is very very welcome because in essence he has given a commitment as a champion to take this forward and we will focus on the priorities."

However, he stressed that Carers Scotland would continue to argue for further funding and resources to be set aside for carers when the next spending review takes place, in a bid to expedite the executive's proposals.

There are believed to be 660,000 unpaid carers in Scotland.