The social care system is failing too many | DisabledGo News and Blog

Although Frances Ryan is correct regarding the systematic erasure of adults with disabilities (Social care is not just about the elderly, 10 February), she misses the point as to the legal intention of David Mowat’s statement. The last group of disabled people in plain sight but relegated to non-existence except during Red Nose Day are of course disabled children and their carers, usually parents and family. Parents have a statutory duty of care towards their children, which adults do not have towards other adults, hence the government’s need to make it more palatable for adults to care for their elderly relatives. There is the perception that parent carers of disabled children, and their children, get the lion’s share of the care system. This is untrue. In fact, the opposite is true. It is disabled children who have lost out completely to adult care, with families and children being abandoned by the state, and indeed wider society, who view disabled people – adults and children –

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  1. The rates of pay for any care worker are abysmal when you take into account the responsibilities these care workers under take, let alone unpaid family carers.

    Yes, Family Carers can claim Carers Allowance provided they are under retirement age or if they are they are not in receipt of state retirement pension,are caring for 35 hours or more per week, are over age 16 or more, not already earning more than £110 per week, are not in full time education, not subject to immigration control and the person you care for must claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component at any rate, Attendance Allowance (AA) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component at the middle or higher rate.

    So on a 35 hour week the England and Wales Carers Allowance works out to be £1.77 per hour and slightly more in Scotland being £2.08 per hour.

    Carers Allowance is also a taxable benefit as taxable income.

    Currently unpaid family carers are saving the UK £1.39 billion, so much for the statement from Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) David Mowat MP says ‘tackling care crisis will require people to be as responsible for their parents as they are their children’. Is not £1.39 billion being responsible?


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