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New campaign to support young carers

Pain Concern was at the launch of a really important campaign to support young carers on January 23. Care. Fair. Share. aims to get a fairer deal for Scotland’s estimated 100,000 young carers – equal to ten percent of the school-age population. As the annual National Campaign supported by the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP), the initiative is in a strong position to affect positive change for this vulnerable group.

The campaign targets three areas:

  1. The Educational Maintenance Allowance which many carers lose because of problems with maintaining attendance due to care commitments;
  2. Getting more financial support for young carers struggling to afford further education;
  3. Alleviating the cost of travel for young carers who often have to make repeated journeys each day between home and their place of work or education to keep up with their care commitments.

To find out more about Care. Fair. Share. visit: syp.org.uk/care-fair-share-W21page-476-

Pain Concern is interested to hear from young carers looking after people in pain as we seek to raise awareness of this neglected issue. Please contact us on facebook, twitter or by email: comment@painconcern.org.uk

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