‘A lot of carers are finding it hard to pay bills’

ELEANOR Brownlie felt she had no choice but to take her granddaughter into her care after the then one-year-old’s parents suffered personal problems through addictions.

SUPPORT PLEA: Eleanor Brownlie, who has looked after her granddaughter for 16 years, believes carers like herself are undervalued. Picture: Colin Mearns

SUPPORT PLEA: Eleanor Brownlie, who has looked after her granddaughter for 16 years, believes carers like herself are undervalued. Picture: Colin Mearns

The 72-year-old from Glasgow, who has looked after her granddaughter for 16 years, said: “If I hadn’t stepped in she would have gone into the system and been pushed from pillar to post.”

She said she believes the work of kinship carers across the country is undervalued and not recognised by the authorities, who would otherwise have to pick up the bill for looking after vulnerable children.

By taking in relatives, she said, families are saving the government money in care and fostering costs.

However, unlike foster carers, not all kinship carers receive allowances to fund the care of the children.

She said: “I want the Scottish Government to stop discriminating against kinship carers.

“People are angry. Foster carers are getting money for buying clothes for the children they look after.

“There are a lot of kinship carers looking after family who are finding it hard to pay bills or their mortgage.

“I’m looking for the government to put some money into the kinship care system. We are not supported in caring for children.

“It’s not a question of whether we have a choice.

“I had my man when I took on my granddaughter but he died seven years ago. Things are difficult.”

Mrs Brownlie is to join the protesters in the day of action at Holyrood.

She said: “We have to have our voice heard.”

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One Response to ‘A lot of carers are finding it hard to pay bills’

  1. Wendy Breakwell says:

    I help my daughter and son-in-law by having the grandkids every Friday. This saves them £90 each week! I condense my hours into the four days to enable me to do this so that I am not reducing hours and pay.

    It was my choice to do this and yes I do spend out on treats and the like, but I would do that anyway. I feel privileged that I am allowed to be involved in their upbringing and not missing out on their milestones and happy moments.

    I agree that those grandparents who take on their grandchildren to stop them going into care because their parents are not in a position to look after them, should be given an allowance because they are the sole carers, often in a time of life when they should be sitting back and thinking about looking after themselves and enjoying the fruit of their labours.

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