MSP FOR Angus South Graeme Dey and MSP for Angus North and Mearns Nigel Don welcomed a group of local carers to the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh on Thursday.
Mr Dey had visited Angus Carers Centre in Arbroath earlier this year and had invited them to come along and see First Minister’s Questions. The carers came from Arbroath, Forfar, Letham, Kirriemuir and Carnoustie as well as a number of other towns and villages in the county.
During exchanges in First Minister’s Questions, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who stood in for Alex Salmond due to his engagements in the UAE, noted the record 10,600 respite weeks provided for carers.
Ms Sturgeon also flagged up the importance the SNP Government placed on ensuring carers plight remained at the top of the agenda and underlined the need for all parties to work together to improve carers’ plight.
Mr Dey said: “I was pleased to welcome so many carers from my constituency to the Parliament. Carers play a vital role in Scottish society, one which far too often goes unrecognised, but which is essential in terms of the help they provide.
“Nigel and I were delighted to have the opportunity to show the group from Angus around the Holyrood building, including inside the debating chamber.
“What made the visit particularly pertinent was having the issue of carers respite being raised in the chamber. It was wonderful to see the Deputy First Minister touching on many of the important questions which are at the heart of improving help for carers.”
He concluded: “I know everyone who came along from Angus Carers will have been delighted to hear the Deputy First Minister address this issue during First Minister’s Questions.”
Angus North MSP Nigel Don added: “It is always wonderful to see constituents pay a visit to Holyrood, and I always try to meet with them when I can
“This visit was all the more resonant – with everyone a carer or involved with Angus Carers it was clear they were well up to speed with the issues affecting them – especially given that they were raised in the chamber on the day of their visit.
“It was great to have so many Angus folk come along, and I would certainly encourage any of my constituents in Angus North and The Mearns who haven’t been before to get in touch if they wish to have a look around their parliament building.”