The Welsh government has increased its support fund for unpaid carers in the country by a quarter of a million pounds.
The Carers Support Fund, which was launched in October, originally saw £1 million allocated, and today (January 21) the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services has announced an additional £250,000 to the scheme.
Open to carers across Wales, the Carers Support Fund will see grants of up to £300 being made available for a range of essentials, including food, household items and electronicsm such as a laptop for access to support and services.
There are around 55,300 people in Wales who receive a carer’s allowance and recent research suggests that almost 40% of carers are worried about their financial situation.
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, said: “The pandemic has added more challenges to unpaid carers across the country and I want to thank them for everything they are doing. I’m pleased to announce a further quarter of a million pounds to the fund to help more unpaid carers and their families.
Working with Carers Trust Wales, who play such a pivotal role in delivering advice and support, the Carers Support Fund will be continued to be delivered via them.
The Carers Support Fund will be available up to March 31, 2021.