Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has welcomed the judgment of the European Court of Justice on the Coleman case, which yesterday ruled that the laws which protect disabled people against discrimination apply not only to the person themselves, but also to their unpaid carer.
Cathy is the Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Carers.
“This is a landmark case, which should give carers more flexibility and support in their employment to enable them to work and fulfil their role as an unpaid carer.
“I am keen to see such improvements applied to all carers. While legislative change to back this may be a Westminster issue, there is much that the Scottish Government could do to ensure these rights are applied to their own employees, and promoted as a progressive step by all Scottish employers. I have tabled a written question asking what the Scottish Executive will do to address this.”
“I have also tabled another question following the Scottish Government press statement on additional respite weeks for carers. I’m pleased that there is a stated commitment to an extra 2,000 weeks this year, growing to 10,000 in two years time. However, given the Council tax freeze and the cuts that some Councils are being forced to make in services, it is not clear where these extra weeks will be provided and how they will be paid for. I’d like to know what commitments have been made by individual councils, and if they are deliverable, whether respite care improvements will be across the board or a postcode lottery.”