Pain ahead for family carers

David Cameron’s promise to Riven Vincent to look into case of her disabled daughter will not stop the pain to come for carers.

The wider cuts to social care, which begin in earnest in April, are beginning to bite. Carers are being told that their care and support packages will be reduced, while charities are concerned that many carers’ centres, which provide respite care, will be forced to close. The Vincent case could be just the tip of an iceberg of misery.

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7 Responses to “Pain ahead for family carers”

  1. liz jones Says:

    The Vincent case COULD be just the tip of an iceberg of misery?
    No the Vincent case IS just the tip of an iceberg of misery

  2. ians12 Says:

    “Carers are being told that their care and support packages will be reduced”

    Yet David Cameron washes his hands of it!

    Both local authorities AND central government CAN do something about this but they perceive it as not important.

  3. Casdok Says:

    We are not asking for much.

  4. Alan Wheatley, Green Party Spokesperson on Social Security and Care Services Says:

    I may have written this before, but it deserves repeating: “Those who give the order seldom see the mess it makes.”

    And I would point out that the current JobCentre Plus benefits advice hotline automated switchboard message perhaps reflects the cost-cutting [for the public purse] at any price by stating: “To report if someone has died, pres ‘1’.”

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  6. Cheryl Says:

    “The government has allocated £800m to authorities over four years to enable carers like Vincent to access short breaks and respite care. Campaigners welcomed this, but have pointed out that the money is not ringfenced, meaning there is nothing to stop cash-strapped local authorities from spending the funds on other services.
    The coalition is ideologically opposed to ringfencing and says local authorities must decide how to spend the money.”

    If the money isn’t ringfenced then the government announcement that it has “allocated” 800 million to help carers have respite breaks is totally meaningless.

  7. ians12 Says:

    “If the money isn’t ringfenced then the government announcement that it has “allocated” 800 million to help carers have respite breaks is totally meaningless”

    Totally in agreement, furthermore both local authorities and the NHS services are totally opposed to creating any kind of database of adult carers. Why would that be? Well, it means they can constantly use it as an excuse to avoid getting in touch with carers directly and offering them money. It then becomes a self fulfilling prophecy that “uptake was low for some reason”.

    Its a total whitewash in other words!

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