Carers’ support groups to get extra cash

CARERS’ support organisations who have a contract with Argyll and Bute Council are set to benefit from additional funding as a result of the re-organisation of the authority’s home care services.

Councillors agreed to increase the payments made to such organisations by ten per cent at a meeting of the full council this week.

Councillor James Robb, the authority’s lead councillor on finance and European affairs, said: “Extra funding for carers’ organisations has been high on our list of priorities and this delivers the increase in core funding in the shortest possible time.

“This will relieve the financial pressure these organisations face and ensure the very high quality of the services provided are maintained.”

Re-organisation of homecare has created some flexibility in that department’s budget, and as such, the Executive Director of Community Services is able to apply part of the associated cost savings towards increasing the payments to carers’ support organisations by 10 per cent within the existing service level agreements.