Family carers are a necessity

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.

Carers Week  has also witnessed great support from MPs, a few examples below.  We hope this support will continue.

1.  Carers need immediate statement from coalition Government

2.  Past and present Governments have “been found wanting”


4. small selection of MPs 

Laura Sandys

Helen Mary Jones

Paul Blomfield

Tony Baldry

Local Authorities

Age UK, the amalgamation of the charities Age Concern and Help the Aged, estimated a funding shortfall of around £1.75 billion if the widely anticipated cuts are universal. The charity said that such a shortfall would mean councils would be forced to focus their limited resources on residential and nursing homes.

That, in turn, would mean the number of elderly people missing out on care at home would be significantly increased

Million elderly with care needs ‘could be left unsupported’ as cuts bite

Leicestershire County Council have announced plans to cut its funding to adult social care by £6.5 million over the next four financial years.

It is likely the system will be altered to reduce the support for people assessed with ‘moderate’ needs.

Care for those with ‘substantial’ and ‘critical’ needs will remain in place.

Concerns for Leicestershire cuts in adult social care

Faced with mounting financial problems, the council has decided to cut the amount it pays 96 organisations and charities to provide day care for elderly and disabled people by 15 per cent.

Cuts in payments to charities who support Birmingham’s elderly

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