Scottish politicians back A1 dualling campaign

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan is supporting Carers Week, which runs until Sunday.
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan is supporting Carers Week, which runs until Sunday.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has received support for her campaign to complete the dualling of the A1 from the Scottish Secretary.

Speaking in the House of Commons during Scottish Questions yesterday, Mrs Trevelyan said; “The Secretary of State will know that my Dual the A1 campaign has achieved committed funding from this Government of £290million for the 13 miles of dualling towards the Scottish border. I will need cross-border support to build the economic case for the remaining 35 miles to complete the dualling between London and Edinburgh.”

Scottish Secretary David Mundell, who is now the only Tory MP in Scotland, replied: “I have said in the House that I fully support that campaign, and I know that it also has the support of my colleague John Lamont, the local Member of the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish side of the border.”

Meanwhile, Mrs Trevelyan has pledged her support to carers across north Northumberland as part of the national Carers Week 2015 awareness campaign, which runs until Sunday.

There are 6.5million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend and there are 8,615 carers are in the Berwick constituency.

Carers Week 2015, which is spearheaded by six charities, is calling on individuals, organisations and services throughout the country to take action to improve the lives of carers by building ‘carer-friendly communities’ that consider and support their needs. The call comes after research revealed that the variation in the support and recognition carers experience from services across the country is putting the health of many carers, and their ability to support the people they care for, at risk.

Carers Week manager Diana Walles said “It is fantastic to see MPs, like Anne-Marie Trevelyan, supporting carers. Families are increasingly taking on caring roles for older, ill or disabled loved ones, yet still struggle for recognition and support from health and care services and in their communities.

“Much progress has been made – indeed, more than 1,000 people and organisations have already pledged to actively engage with carers in their local community for Carers Week and into the future. But we still have a long way to go.

“This Carers Week, we are calling on individuals and organisations to think about what they can do to improve the lives of carers in their community.”

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who was carer to her grandmother for the last few years of her life, added: “Carers make a hugely valuable contribution to society.

“Without the right help and support, caring can have a devastating impact; carers can quickly become isolated, with their physical and emotional health, work and finances all hit hard. That is why I am supporting this initiative to encourage services in my community to think about the needs of carers and help ensure they do not miss out on support.”