All this week there have been events round the country for Carers Week, details can be found here. It is a time when media also carry many articles , and the hope is that by raising awareness further afield, more people will identify themselves as carers and receive valuable advice, information and support. These can also be obtained from CarersUK and Carers Trust
It is vital, especially in this economic climate, that carers and their families are armed with as much information as possible. Much which is needed to fight bureaucracy.
Benefits system – may need support to navigate this system, for those we care for, as well as ourselves.
Carers Allowance – was totally ignored in the recent Welfare reforms.
Employment Support Allowance system is a nightmare when we have reams and reams of reports from drs/consultants but then we need PROVE again to DWP.
Possible loss of Carers Allowance as a result of the introduction of Personal Independence Payment ( see here )
Government want carers to carry on working but the steps they are taking will result in opposite. Care criteria tightened to such a point that carers dont have a choice but to give work up.
Loss of independent living fund will result many disabled people losing independence and one of the avenues will be to return to family home which neither they or family want for a variety of reasons ( see comment from Linda Burnip here)
Bedroom tax – many carers need extra room for a variety of reasons. Depending on ilness/disability some partners sleep in seperate rooms. Others have a lot of equipment to store. Family members can stay over to help with respite. Some children with disabilities are unable to share bedrooms with siblings.
Respite places are decreasing in numbers
………. and so the list goes on.
There are far too many changes/cuts, too fast and too deep. The brakes need applied as soon as possible before the crash happens and even more carers reach breaking point
Many individuals, groups, charities, academics have taken their grave concerns to the Coalition government, yet foolishly, time and time again, they are ignored.
If you are a carer, someone with an illness/disability, or someone not affected as yet (but you may be in the blink of an eye) - sign this WOW petition here - which calls on the government to carry out a Cumulative Impact Assessment of all these changes which are hitting many carers and their families several times over.
This government, and all parties, must stand by their duty of care to disabled people and their carers