Supporting carers after bereavement – briefing note
Bill required to help bereaved carers recover, say Marie Curie, Sue Ryder and Reform Scotland
The Scottish Parliament will tonight debate a series of recommendations for major changes in the support offered to carers after the person they have cared for dies.
The proposals – created by Marie Curie, Sue Ryder and Reform Scotland – are contained in the joint report Life After Death: supporting carers after bereavement. The trio has also put together this briefing note (see below) for tonight’s Scottish Parliament Member’s Business, led by Mark Griffin MSP.
They call for more recognition of the impact of death on the carer and the effect on the carer’s physical and mental health, their relationships, their ability to work and their finances. Specifically, they are asking all political parties to make a manifesto commitment ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliament election to:
- A new Carers (Bereavement Support) (Scotland) Bill early in the next Parliament to provide information and a plan to support carers following the end of their caring role.
- A new fund to support training and education for carers returning to work/seeking employment.
- A new Post-Caring Support Payment, linked to the length of time caring, to help carers struggling financially following the end of their caring role.
- To extend eligibility for the Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Allowance Supplement for up to 6 months after the person’s caring role comes to an end (from the current 8 weeks).