Shameless onslaught on carers


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CarerWatch members are outraged having learned of the latest details in a briefing paper recently released by DWP, Personal Independence Payment and Carer’s Allowance, that will affect many carers. Details as confirmed by Esther McVey, Minister for Disabled People –

Latest estimates project there will be a net reduction of 9,000 recipients of CA (where benefit is in payment) by the end of 2018 as a consequence of reassessment for PIP”

As the above will be the result of a person needing care having lost their Disability Living Allowance, the impact on family’s incomes will be immense. This double blow will especially hit hard those families on the poverty line.

Add to this the introduction of bedroom tax, cuts to local services; we feel this shameless onslaught from the government has shown a total disregard for the services provided by carers. Services estimated to be £119billion per annum

Our society would not function without the care currently provided by unpaid carers and the consistent refusal by Governments to improve Carers lives has ripple effects throughout Social Services and the NHS. Precious few people receive the actual support they need and so many carers are just not receiving vital services and support.

These cuts contradict findings in the Breakthrough Britain report, undertaken by The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), which was established as an independent think-tank by the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, now the present Secretary of State for Works and Pensions.

It said –

The low level of Carer’s Allowance discourages people from providing care to family members. It is one of the lowest forms of benefit available but it there is a high level of expectation in terms of work, in return”

Removing Carers Allowance from 9000 (projected no.) people will result in less families being able to provide care.

Therefore, we call on Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Works and Pensions, to look past his fantasy and wishful thinking for these welfare reforms, and look at the reality of what these cuts and reforms are actually doing to many people with disabilities/ill health and their carers.


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6 Responses to “Shameless onslaught on carers”

  1. Angela Cavill-Burch (@onmybiketoo) Says:

    Now is the time for Carer charities to take my suggested VIRTUAL carers strike seriously . Only way to bring home to everyone what would happen to society if unpaid carers were not here. Need some very hard hitting in your face film making to bring the point across.

  2. k davies Says:

    Duncan Smith cant listen his head is only there to stop his ears from touching

  3. maddy Says:

    IDS and his cronies are continuing the process of depriving the most needy and their carers of the means to survive. Where are all the institutions that people will need to put their loved ones in when they can no longer provide the devoted care through their own poverty and ill-health caused by this disgusting tory party of toff and failures!

  4. Brigitte Says:

    All I can say is thank god in 2010 my carer and I were forced to live apart nothing changed realy I just cope with various others who help me this system can’t do any more to me they already did it and I will continue challenging what exists I heard on Friday I have been nominated whos who book I managed to get wording changed on some dwp paperwork so am confident you can challenge if you believe and lawfully what exists isnt exceptable to you

  5. Vanessa (@AspieMum) Says:

    Every carer between the ages of 16 & 64 who loses their Carers Allowance will be forced to look for full time work and do workfare for 2 years, unless they can manage without claiming benefits, as they will lose their carer’s exemption (they no longer count as carers). If the person they are caring for still need a carer they must go into a home or pay for people to come in & care for them. But if they have lost their disbility benefits will this stll be possible?

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