The following was submitted to BBC Questiontime for tonights programme.
Question for Iain Duncan Smith.
The Secretary of State is leading the biggest shake up of welfare reform in over 60 yrs. Yet there is a group of people he has overlooked and that is family carers. Their Carers Allowance remains at £55.55 per week and one of the conditions is they provide care for a MINIMUM of 35 hours.
Can Iain Duncan Smith give details tonight of, not if he will increase the carers allowance, but WHEN.
In the report Breakthrough Britain,of which IDS played a major part it states –
“”Family carers are undervalued in our society and receive a disproportionately low level of financial support given the many hours of work that they do“”
We cannot and must not allow this opportunity to fully reform Carers Allowance to pass us by.
Carers are used to words of praise but it is NOT enough. No matter how much understanding the Coalition say it has, no matter how many times they say Thank you, it is NOT enough.
Carers need action and they need it now
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