With the Spending Review due next week , what will it hold for unpaid carers.
Families providing care are a necessity and as time unfolds, as the number of elderly increases, with medicine breakthroughs many people with illnesses will live longer….the country as a whole will rely
on the foundation that family carers provide. They are a group of people that provide a vital service, yet governments’ past and present have taken them for granted, have taken their Love for granted.
We cannot, and must not, allow this to continue.
In this present economic climate we are already witnessing many cutbacks within Local Authorities…….
1. Care criteria are being tightened
2. day centres closing
3. respite allocations reducing in many areas
4. meals on wheels costs increasing dramatically
5. care package costs increasing
6. transport for disabled either stopping or priced out of reach
7. carers grants under threat
…………… and so the list could go on.
Yet through all this, the one thing that remains constant is the love and support given freely by families. They provide a foundation that would be a great folly for any government to ignore.
We recognise that many carers want to return to/remain in work, and realise that any support given to them is vital.
However we cannot, and must not, ignore 24/7 carers. Failing to recognise their input is storing up even further trouble for the future by placing added pressure on already stretched Social Services departments and the NHS.
For too long now the issue of Carers Benefits have been swept under the carpet, been put on the back burner time and time again, by past and present governments. Now we have the proposal of a Universal Credit .
Carer Watch contacted Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling and Paul Burstow asking for clarification on how this new system would apply to carers. Carers are NOT unemployed , they need provide care to a minumum of 35 hours per week for a pittance of £53.10.
To date there has been no reply, but any response received from them will be shared here and across the online community.
Families need answers and they need them now.