More than 2,700 carers in North Ayrshire are due to benefit from a one-off payment during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottish Government has revealed plans to invest £19.2million to provide further support to Scottish carers during the COVID-19 crisis.

If approved by parliament, around 83,000 eligible carers across Scotland will get an extra £230.10 through a special one-off Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June – with 2,765 in North Ayrshire benefitting from this additional financial support.

The extra payment will be paid automatically to people in receipt of Carer’s Allowance.

SNP MSP Ruth Maguire said:

“Carers in North Ayrshire make an absolutely vital contribution to our society, and it’s only appropriate that their hard work is valued and they are properly supported by the Scottish Government.

“This one-off payment will benefit carers who are on low incomes and already have some of the most intense caring roles, providing at least 35 hours unpaid care weekly to a disabled child or adult in receipt of higher level disability benefits.

“This additional payment will be an acknowledgement to carers that recognises they are providing vital support to family, friends and neighbours, and playing an absolutely crucial role in our collective efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“I am delighted that carers in North Ayrshire are being recognised by the SNP Government for the important contribution they make to our communities in these extremely difficult circumstances.”