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?