She is a mum of four children who lives in Perth. Niki is also a full-time carer for two of her children and had never received support until two years ago. She did not know she was a carer and had the right to receive a range of support.
A new legislation that just came into force on April 1st 2018 reinforces the rights of unpaid carers in Perth and Kinross to receive the support and assistance they need.
Like Niki, you may not describe yourself as a carer, it’s just what you do as a husband, wife, partner, parent, relative or friend. However, the new national legislation - the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 - ensures that unpaid carers, including young carers, have a right to access a range of support and help to make their lives easier.
If you would like more information about what support is available to you as an unpaid carer you can telephone 01738 567076. For more details on the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, you can visit https://www.pkavscarershub.org.uk/Carers---Rights
The Scottish Government has introduced a new benefit called the Carers Allowance Supplement.
We will be holding a Drop in on Thursday 18th October from 9am to 2pm at PKAVS for anyone who would like more info about the 'Getting it Right for Cares Across Perth & Kinross' consultation.
Over the next 4-5 weeks, the Scottish Government wants to talk to older people about their experiences of Attendance Allowance, one of the benefits being devolved to Scotland.