Posts Tagged ‘princess royal trust for carers’

Can Britain afford to ignore carers?

29 September 2010

A recent survey by the Princess Royal Trust For Carers show we as a society can no longer ignore the unpaid carers who provide most of the care to the elderly, the sick and the disabled in Britain.

Do you think it is the NHS or social services that provide the largest amount of care to sick and disabled people throughout the country?

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Cuts to Welfare

19 September 2010

The government is consulting on its plans for Welfare Reform in a consultation called 21st Century Welfare

These are the questions

1. What steps should the Government consider to reduce the cost of the welfare system and reduce welfare dependency and poverty?

2. Which aspects of the current benefits and Tax Credits system in particular lead to the widely held view that work does not pay for benefit recipients?


Disability Now- Clegg’s hidden agenda conned voters

6 September 2010

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s commitment to reforming Disability Living Allowance was noticeably left out from the Lib Dem manifesto, says Anne Wollenberg .

There was barely a whisper about disability in the Liberal Democrats’ 2010 election manifesto, other than a pledge to extend Winter Fuel Payments, now unlikely to go ahead.

But in fact, the party had very quietly declared plans to reform Disability Living Allowance (DLA) before the general election.

In a policy document, the Liberal Democrats Policy Briefing on People with Disabilities (available at, they said: “A more detailed assessment should be available to assess the additional costs of disability benefit.”

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Carers World Radio

1 September 2010

In our September 2010 programme we take a look the UK Governments refresh of the Carers Strategy which is currently underway. We also speak to Gerogina Wakefield who is a Carer, author, poet to name a few hats she wears. Georgina tells us about her life as a Carer and her writing. September 6th sees the start of Elder Care Week. We find out what the focus is this year.

downloads available here

Carers and Finance Survey 2010 – PRTC

5 August 2010

from The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

Dear Carer,

Thank you for taking part in the Carers and Finance Survey 2010.

Taking on a caring role can have a disastrous impact on carers’ finances.

Carers’ contribution is enormous – it is estimated that you save the country £87bn a year through caring at home, yet the Carers Allowance is the lowest of its kind and one in five carers are forced to give up work.

To help us raise awareness of this issue we would like to find out how caring has affected your financial situation by filling out this short survey. We will use the information to feed into the consultation to refresh the National Carers Strategy.

Please complete as much of this as you can and want to. You will also automatically be entered into a competition to win a prize.

All of the personal information you provide will be private and confidential. Your name or details will never be made public.

Survey can be found here

We need your help and support

18 July 2010

As part of our Campaign to protect Disability Living Allowance, Carer Watch have been gathering support from groups/organisations and some of the responses received can be found here

As an individual, perhaps if some of these proposals were implemented it would affect you. Please tell us here   how DLA is of benefit to you and why you disagree with the Coalitions proposals .

Last but not least, we would like to ask you to contact the groups / organisations that you  belong to, or have an interest in and ask them to send us a statement of support.  See below ….


Family carers are a necessity

4 July 2010

Update 4th July 2010 – still no response, not even acknowledgement.

The silence from Coalition Government and DWP Ministers has been deafening. What are they planning re : #carers benefits?   

What are they hiding ?


Reports daily from the media announce cuts to Social Care across the country. With Local Authorities needing to make savings in their budgets, this will place added pressure on many family carers, carers who are already struggling to cope.

The Coalition government announced the establishment of a new independent commission  to advise the Government on the future funding of long-term care.  As the government work towards solutions to the increasing problems faced , Carer Watch trust they will also address the issues surrounding carers. In many cases they are the frontline in providing Social Care, they provide the foundation that all else must build from.

Many carers are unable to continue in or take up employment due to the amount of care they are required to provide. Future funding for care cannot and must not be looked at in isolation away from these carers.

On 2nd June 2010,  Carer Watch called on the government to make a statement regarding their intentions re Carers Allowance. To date there has been no response from them.


Budget fightback – Save DLA

24 June 2010

Please come join us build this campaign to to protect Disability Living Allowance here

Support from groups

Responses already coming in include…


Well done Laura Sandys

15 June 2010

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Last night Laura Sandys, who won the Kent seat of Thanet South at the general election delivered her maiden speech in the Commons.

At the start of Carers’ Week, she took the opportunity to highlight the importance of government supporting those who selflessly care for relatives..

see full article here

Carers Week 14th–20th June 2010

14 June 2010


More than three-quarters (76%) of people looking after an ill, frail or disabled loved one do not have a life outside of their caring role, according to new research issued to launch Carers Week


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