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Does Society Need to Care More for Carers?

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Message 1 - posted by Jonathan Vernon-Smith, Feb 21, 2007

The government is to unveil its New Deal for Carers which will see £33m used for measures to help people who care for elderly or disabled relatives.

Most of the money - £25m - will go to local authorities to fund emergency respite care for people who need a break from the demands of their role.

Ministers say it would relieve the burden on carers if they were sick or had other family responsibilities.

A national helpline for carers will also be created as part of the scheme.


So what do you think? Does society need to care more for carers?

Do you think this £33 million is long over-due or is it still not enough?

Are you a carer? Whatís it like? Are you given plenty of help?

Who do you care for? What more could be done to make your life easier?

Do you have any regrets? Is caring for a loved one sometimes too much to bear?

Are you disabled? Do you have a family member who cares for you? Do you wish they could have more assistance and help? What kind of help do YOU think they need?

If you are disabled, do you ever feel guilty that your relative or loved one has to look after you? Do you wish things were different?

Perhaps you think that itís the DISABLED people that need the extra money and attention? Do you think that they are the main ones who need the support and in fact then they could not need the help of a carer?

If youíre disabled and had all of the equipment you need, would you be able to function in like without a carer?

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Message 2 - posted by U3163627, Feb 22, 2007

I believe it depends how disabled one is.for example when one goes to hospital there is always one worse off than you.
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Message 3 - posted by Tettie-Hat, Jun 7, 2007


Most of the money - £25m - will go to local authorities to fund emergency respite care for people who need a break from the demands of their role.

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Each local authority works slightly differently. For example, rather than supplying a replacement carer, Aylesbury Vale paid £10 ph for 3 hours per day to my other half, for the period I went on restbite. But he had to find a carer himself!

Carer Allowance, on the other hand pays £48.65 per week for a minimum of 35 hours. [£1.39 ph]. To me that doesn't quite add up, especially when you consider that if I were to earn more than £85 per week, I'd have the allowance revoked.

A national helpline for carers will also be created as part of the scheme.

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A good thing in my book - although the Samaritan's make pretty good listeners whenever I fancy a moan!


Are you a carer? Whatís it like? Are you given plenty of help?

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I get no support from my local authority at all. The district nurse never visits and if [heaven forbid] we ever required the services of the continence nurse, its a 6 week wait!<yikes> Boy! Would he be in a mess by then ......... <erm>

Do you have any regrets? Is caring for a loved one sometimes too much to bear?

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Being a carer is not for everyone. Many restrictions are placed on your life & the carer has to accept that or resentment will creep in. And its blinking hard work too - both physically and mentally!

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Message 4 - posted by happyike, Aug 9, 2007

c an they assure us the m,oney will go where it is intended and and not for the council to muse it for other purposes , trying to reduce there debts
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Message 5 - posted by pompomwhiting, Aug 9, 2007

No. Society just needs to care more.

Pom anti caring classified as a profession.
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Message 6 - posted by NationalCarersForum, Mar 27, 2008

Carers save the government nearly ninety billion pounds per year, paying carers the allowance of under fifty pounds per week is an insult, it is the only benefit you actually have to work for to get, how fair is that one?

The government rely on the fact that the majority of carers do their caring because of duty and love and loyalty, carers are taken advantage of because of this and it must stop, there are six million plus carers in this country, not all of those are 24/7 carers but lots are, these carers who have given up a life of their own deserve to be paid a allowance that does not put them in poverty, carers should not have to go without food, they should be able to afford to heat their homes, these things are not luxuries but the government keeps on forcing more and more carers into poverty.

If the government want to put outside careworkers into someones home it would run into hundreds even thousands per week, pay carers a decent living allowance, support them better with respite care, support them better when it comes to GP services, give carers recognition when it comes to decision making on the people they care for.

This government should also be ashamed because it allows children to be carers, how does the government expect a child to concentrate on school when it has to care for a parent etc before going to school, this is just the government exploiting child labour, there has been cases of child suicide over the last couple of years because child carers have not been supported, NEW LABOUR should be ashamed of itself.

It will be quite interesting to see how the NEW STRATEGY FOR CARERS will effect present day carers when it is presented later on this year, i suppose some people will be better off, but as usual the majority will suffer as usual, taking all carers out of poverty should be the aim of this government, what are they worried more about??, carer poverty? or trying to hide the information regarding their expenses on their second homes, i think i know where their priorities lay?
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