Update 4th July 2010 – still no response, not even acknowledgement.
The silence from Coalition Government and DWP Ministers has been deafening. What are they planning re : #carers benefits?
What are they hiding ?
Reports daily from the media announce cuts to Social Care across the country. With Local Authorities needing to make savings in their budgets, this will place added pressure on many family carers, carers who are already struggling to cope.
The Coalition government announced the establishment of a new independent commission to advise the Government on the future funding of long-term care. As the government work towards solutions to the increasing problems faced , Carer Watch trust they will also address the issues surrounding carers. In many cases they are the frontline in providing Social Care, they provide the foundation that all else must build from.
Many carers are unable to continue in or take up employment due to the amount of care they are required to provide. Future funding for care cannot and must not be looked at in isolation away from these carers.
On 2nd June 2010, Carer Watch called on the government to make a statement regarding their intentions re Carers Allowance. To date there has been no response from them.