The SNP has launched a special manifesto aimed at carers which they say shows their commitment to helping Scotland's "unsung heroes".
With just days to go to the local authority elections, the party unveiled a "mini manifesto" making a number of pledges aimed at improving the lives of those who look after others.
The document includes a promise that all SNP councils will appoint a special carers champion.
In addition, the party is promising to work to ensure young carers get more support from their schools and are given easier access to the education maintenance allowance - which provides financial assistance to 16 to 19-year-olds at school or college.
Derek Mackay, the SNP's local government campaign director, said: "Carers are the unsung heroes of our society who selflessly give up their time to help others.
"We recognise the invaluable and often exhausting work carers contribute to Scotland's communities, which is why SNP councils will work tirelessly to ensure they get the help and support they need."
He added: "Looking after someone is not an easy task - particularly if you are a young carer.
"SNP councils will work with the Scottish Government to ensure young carers are better served by their schools and be given easier access to the education maintenance allowance."
Mr Mackay pledged: "SNP councils will work together to improve the quality of carers' lives - when we work together across the public sector we can deliver more."
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