Since the new coalition came to power there has been much noise made about their new programme for government and now Welfare reform. Yet one group of people overlooked is family carers. There has been no details forthcoming which outlines the governments plans for Carer Benefits’.
Spanning many years there has been report after report, suggestions made by think tanks, select committees, consultations, Big Care Debate, green/white papers for Welfare Reform and reform of Social Care. And yet….Carers are still waiting
A few examples ..
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.
Give family carers £110 a week wages, MPs demand
The list could go on but we think the message these few examples give is loud and clear.
Carer Watch ask that the new coalition govt, along with DWP Secretary of State for Works and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith, give a statement regarding their intentions re Carers Benefits.
Carers have accepted their responsibilites, when will the government accept theirs?