This week sees the Tory conference held in Manchester. Various ministers have already spoken but today we will hear from a man, Iain Duncan Smith, who for many carers is the biggest failure to date.
Past, and present governments, have continuously ignored the plight of carers, a group of people that give so much. Their Love, and the care they provide, taken for granted by those in power.
So why has Iain Duncan Smith failed miserably?
We are in the middle of the biggest shake up to the welfare system for over 60 years, changes that see many benefits changed/cut, support withdrawn, and yet the issues surrounding the LOWEST benefit of all were not addressed. Carers Allowance is just £59.75 and care must be provided to a minimum of 35 hours .
In the report Breakthrough Britain, by the Centre for Social Justice, a think tank of which Mr Smith is Chairman, they reported that…
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.
Carers of elderly and disabled people are not adequately resourced or recognize for the work they do
Mr Smith has missed a golden opportunity to reform this benefit.
Carers have accepted their responsibility, WHEN will government accept theirs