MP’s call to carers

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Midlothian MP David Hamilton (Lab) used national Carers Rights Day to urge carers to find out about the support available.

There are 6.5 million people in the UK providing unpaid care and support to family, friends and neighbours, saving the country over £119 billion every year.

Mr Hamilton said: “Carers make a huge contribution to society, but without the right support caring can be tough. It is vital that we all help to identify and support those caring for ill, frail or disabled loved ones and signpost them to the advice and support available.”

Carers can order a free booklet called Looking after someone: a guide to carers’ rights and benefits from Carers UK by visiting or calling Carers UK’s Adviceline on 0808 808 7777.