New champion for carers

IN THE first appointment of its kind in Scotland, Glasgow city council has appointed an independent carers’ champion.

Retired councillor Dr Christopher Mason has taken the position and will listen to carers, understand their needs and ensure their views are properly heard within the council.

Dr Mason retired from his position as councillor in May this year after 30 years of service as an elected member.

He was identified for the position due to his commitment to developing support services for people with autism in Glasgow.

And Dr Mason was confirmed in the job following a meeting of the executive committee, which gave cross-party support to the role of carers’ champion.

Dr Mason said: “My first task will be to listen carefully to what carers have to say and to report, faithfully, their views on what they would like to be changed”.