What happens when you are ‘prepared to care’

All this week there have been events round the country for Carers Week, details can be found here. It is a time when media also carry many articles , and the hope is that by raising awareness further afield, more people will identify themselves as carers and receive valuable advice, information and support. These can also be obtained from CarersUK  and Carers Trust

It is vital, especially in this economic climate, that carers and their families are armed with as much information as possible. Much which is needed to fight bureaucracy.

Benefits system  – may need support to navigate this system, for those we care for, as well as ourselves.

Carers Allowance – was totally ignored in the recent Welfare reforms.

Employment Support Allowance system is a nightmare when we have reams and reams of reports from drs/consultants but then we need PROVE again to DWP.

( see Carole’s story here )

Possible loss of Carers Allowance  as a result of the introduction of Personal Independence Payment  ( see here )

Government want carers to carry on working but the steps they are taking will result in opposite. Care criteria tightened to such a point that carers dont have a choice but to give work up.

Loss of independent living fund will result many disabled people losing independence and one of the avenues will be to return to family home which neither they or family want for a variety of reasons  ( see comment from Linda Burnip here)

Bedroom tax – many carers need extra room for a variety of reasons. Depending on ilness/disability some partners sleep in seperate rooms. Others have a lot of equipment to store. Family members can stay over to help with respite. Some children with disabilities are unable to share bedrooms with siblings.

Respite places are decreasing in numbers

………. and so the list goes on.

car crashThere are far too many changes/cuts, too fast and too deep. The brakes need applied as soon as possible before the crash happens and even more carers reach breaking point

Many individuals, groups, charities, academics have taken their grave concerns to the Coalition government, yet foolishly, time and time again, they are ignored.

If you are a carer, someone with an illness/disability, or someone not affected as yet (but you may be in the blink of an eye)  – sign this WOW petition here  – which calls on the government to carry out a Cumulative Impact Assessment of all these changes which are hitting many carers and their families several times over.

This government, and all parties, must stand by their duty of care to disabled people and their carers

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One Response to “What happens when you are ‘prepared to care’”

  1. Haydn Aberystwyth Says:

    SANCTIONS REPAID TO CAGE RATTLERS: One of our members has been repaid his sanctioned JSA. This is direct consequence of the legal challenge to Appeal Court by Kate Reilly earlier this year (and 2012). His sanction wasn’t even for the same issue the judges decided upon AND he rattled his cage by writing to them to ask if they would be repaying him. We should tell all Carers that if they or anyone they know has been sanctioned/punished for any reason they should write now for their repayment mandated by the law. It also shows that legal challenges do work and we should be making far more right up to impeaching IDS and getting him/others before ICC.
    ALSO of import is the fact that the UN special rapporteur is asking for evidence of the affects of ‘welfare reforms’ AND that she is of the opinion that human rights are being violated in the UK. We should encourage all carers and loved ones to submit brief/focused descriptions of what is being done to us.

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