– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 20 March 2003.

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Photo of Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Gibson Scottish National Party

Question S1W-34660

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will instigate an income maximisation campaign for carers to increase benefit take-up and, if so, what steps it plans to take to do so.

Photo of Frank McAveety Frank McAveety Labour

The UK Government, through the Department for Work and Pensions, is responsible for social security benefits and campaigns to maximise uptake of benefits. Under our Carers Strategy, the Scottish Executive is committed to improving the information available to carers both at national and local level. Later this month we will be launching publicity material to raise carer awareness and to ensure carers can access sources of information and support, including information on financial assistance. At local level, council social work departments and the NHS will be involved in implementing Carer Information Strategies. These strategies will be introduced over the coming months under the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 and will seek to ensure that carers are made aware of the wide range of support available to them.

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