CARING FOR THE CARERS: HELP US TO APPROACH GOVERNMENT AND SEEK ANSWERS

The Department for Work & Pensions office in London, as the department has been rebuked by the statistics watchdog over a claim that more than 12,000 households have found work or stopped welfare claims because of the benefit cap.

UNPAID CARERS

We will shortly begin to publish your thoughts on the SEVEN questions shown below. But we still want to hear from you. Our final dossier will be sent to Boris Johnson (and the Department for Work & Pensions) with the request that Government should listen to the voices of a huge but largely forgotten minority.

We will ask for answers and we will be persistent!

info@disabilitytalk.co.uk

There are over 13million unpaid carers in the UK and it is estimated that they save the Treasury at least £135billion every year. But does Government largely ignore them? Even with the ‘Carers Allowance’ (only approximately 1.3million carers are claiming this .. £67.60 per week) they are paid a fraction of the minimum wage. 
Claiming the ‘Carers Allowance’ means conforming to some pretty restrictive financial constraints – here is the criteria for claiming.
Would you please, therefore, join with us while we collect as much information as possible to put before the Department of Work & Pensions. We have asked Ministers, MPs, Charity Executives, Union Leaders, Businessmen, Journalists, Clergy, Campaigners, Carers and those who they care for the following questions and we will publish their answers.

So could you please give us YOUR answers to the following 7 questions?
info@disabilitytalk.co.uk
Q1) There are an estimated 13 million+ unpaid carers in the UK. Do you feel they are a largely forgotten section of our society?
 
Q2) What could Government do to improve their standing in the community .. and also to acknowledge their worth to the country?
 
Q3) It is calculated that each year they save the treasury £135bn. Do you think a proportion of that could be returned to them to make their life(s) easier?
 
Q4) Approximately 1.3 million claim ‘Carers Allowance’. This currently stands at £67.60pw and is only paid to those who care for over 35 hours per week. That works out (maximum) at £1.93 per hour! Do you feel that this should be increased to at least the minimum wage?
 
Q5) And Carers Allowance is only paid to those earning (after deductions) less than £128 pw. Should this be increased?
 
Q6) A large number of unpaid carers are exhausted and need respite breaks. If their GP was to certify that this was necessary should the Government provide a fund to assist with this?
 
Q7) What other measures could Government take to ensure a more bearable life for unpaid carers?
info@disabilitytalk.co.uk
THANK YOU