Carers UK represents the views and interests of the six million people in the UK who care for their frail, disabled or ill family member, friend or partner. Carers give so much to society yet as a consequence of caring; they experience ill health, poverty and discrimination.
Carers UK seeks to end this injustice and will continue to campaign until the true value of carers’ contribution to society is recognised and carers receive the practical, financial and emotional support they need.
Carers UK welcomed the principles of the Government’s reform proposals outlined in the paper 21st Century Welfare, particularly benefit simplification, making work pay and reducing worklessness which have long been key campaign issues for the carers movement.However we expressed deep reservations around what the Government’s consideration of
means-testing, conditionality and cuts elsewhere within the welfare system would mean for carers.
We are opposed to any moves to introduce a means-test for carers’ benefits – a change which would set carers’ rights back to the 1970s.
see in full here : Carers UK – Universal Credit policy response