Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed plans that will help carers across the country.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP has backed the National Carers Support Review Group, which was launched by the party at an event in Angus.
Shadow Health Secretary Miles Briggs will co-chair the group alongside high-profile dementia campaigner Amanda Kopel, who led the drive for Frank’s Law.
That has enabled those under 65 to get free personal care in order to live better with conditions like dementia.
Mr Carson says the body will enable better policies to be developed in order to help carers, who are facing increasing pressure in rural constituencies like his own.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “This is a hugely welcome initiative from the Scottish Conservatives which can give carers the full support they vitally need.
“We have almost 800,000 carers doing wonderful work day in day out, but sometimes they do not have the support and resources they require.
“Rural communities have the additional pressures of ensuring we have enough staff in order to deliver the care needs for those who need it.
“The Scottish Conservatives have been at the forefront of delivering greater support for carers, including Frank’s Law and increases in the carers allowance.
“Now this new group will allow carers to be at the heart of policy discussions and I look forward to seeing how it progresses.”