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Rennie marks carers week

June 13, 2014 8:54 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and MSP for Mid Scotland andWillie RennieWillie Rennie Fife Willie Rennie will today mark Carers Week by returning to meet with a family he spent 24 hours with as part of a similar initiative in August 2011.

Months into his role as leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Mr Rennie continued campaign work he had undertaken in Westminster calling for more support for carers. Mr Rennie spent 24 hours with Clare Lally and her family, including her disabled daughter.

Clare and Willie were interviewed by Good Morning Scotland at the time, where they discussed the difficulties faced by carers when dealing with government bureaucracy.

Mr Rennie will today, as part of Carers Week, meet the family again to catch up on the Lally's experiences as carers.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr Rennie said:

"When I first met Clare Lally and her family in 2011 I was inspired by their calm and steely approach to their everyday caring responsibilities. I was embarrassed by the extent of bureaucratic hoops they had to jump through to get the opportunities they needed from the council or the government, all whilst looking after their disabled daughter.

"We need to enable more people like Clare to get on in life. As a Liberal, I believe enabling more people to get on in life is crucial if we are to build a fairer society. After three years since first meeting with the Lally's I'm looking forward to hearing about how their experiences have hopefully improved and what more can be done to give them the best opportunities in life.

"Carers Week is an excellent campaign which draws awareness to the dedication of carers across the UK, many of whom spend years looking after loved ones on a full time basis. They deserve our praise. I look forward to meeting with Clare Lally and her family to see what Liberal Democrats can do to further enable families like hers to get on in life."