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OVER 2,500 carers in Dumfries and Galloway are due to benefit from a one-off payment during the Coronavirus pandemic, says an MSP. The Scottish Government has unveiled plans to invest £19.2million to provide further support to Scottish carers during the Covid-19 crisis. If approved by Holyrood, 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 around 2,505 in Dumfries and Galloway gaining from this additional financial support. The extra payment will be paid automatically to people in receipt of Carer's Allowance. Emma Harper, South Scotland MSP, said: “Carers in Dumfries and Galloway 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 we know 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 Dumfries and Galloway are being recognised by the Scottish Government for the important contribution they make to our communities in these extremely difficult circumstances.”

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