Scottish Parliament achieves Carer Positive recognition

Carers' Presentation in Scottish Parliament pictured from left - Graeme Dey MSP, Aileen Campbell MSP Minister for Public Health, Jackie Barlow (Head of HR for Scottish Gas) and Shona Oliver (Head of Business Services for Interelate)'''Picture by marc marnie'WORLD RIGHTS
Carers' Presentation in Scottish Parliament pictured from left - Graeme Dey MSP, Aileen Campbell MSP Minister for Public Health, Jackie Barlow (Head of HR for Scottish Gas) and Shona Oliver (Head of Business Services for Interelate)'''Picture by marc marnie'WORLD RIGHTS

The MSP for Angus South sponsored a special reception this week to mark the Scottish Parliament’s entry to the list of Carer Positive Employers in Scotland.

On Tuesday evening Graeme Dey MSP hosted an event in Parliament to highlight the Carer Positive initiative.

Carer Positive is a Scottish Government funded initiative, launched in June 2014 and operated by Carers Scotland. It aims to raise awareness of the growing number of carers in the workforce and to award recognition to those employers with good practice in supporting these employees.

There are now 71 employers in Scotland recognised as Carer Positive, covering over 250,000 employees across Scotland. However, there are around 760,000 unpaid carers in Scotland, 270,000 of which are juggling their carer responsibilities with work. This equates to as many as one in eight of the workforce.

A number of North-East organisations have been recognised, but Graeme Dey MSP is urging local businesses in Angus South to come forward and become Carer Positive.

Regardless of size, businesses across Angus South can contact the Carer Positive scheme who will provide support and advice to help them achieve Carer Positive status.

Graeme commented: “I was delighted to host an event in Parliament to highlight the Carer Positive initiative which aims to gain attention of good practices from employers with regard to any carers they employ.

“The evening was a great success, and I was happy to be joined with Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Public Health, as well as a number of employers who highlighted the benefits that Carer Positive status can bring.

“As Carer Positive are working to increase the number of recognised employers in Scotland, I would urge organisations in Angus South to come forward and become recognised. Any local businesses that are interested in becoming Carer Positive can contact the organisation directly or speak to myself.”