Carers UK call for better support for carers

Carers UK have launched a campaign as they believe that, in 2010, social care is in crisis and in need of urgent reform. The main carers’ benefit is worth just £1.52 an hour, well short of the minimum wage of £5.73. It is less than that if you are retired, disabled, or on a low income.

Carers often pay a heavy price, with little financial support and few breaks from their caring role. Many are forced to give up work and face a constant battle for support. Some are pushed to the point of collapse.

The government has invested in carers’ breaks and other support for carers. However, Carers UK believe this falls far short of the action needed if it is to make good its promise that by 2018 carers will have a life of their own, and not be forced into financial hardship.

With the general election approaching, Carers UK are inviting you to tell the next government that it’s time to support carers by signing Carers UK’s letter to the next Prime Minister. You can do this by following this link: www.carersuk.org/Newsandcampaigns/Itstime/Signhere

We would love to hear your experiences of the financial cost of caring for a loved one. If you would like to share your story with other carers, please leave your comments below.