Over 80s save Government £23bn a year through unpaid care : Welfare Weekly

Over 80s provide 1.2bn hours of unpaid care a year, new figures from Age UK reveal.

Source: Over 80s save Government £23bn a year through unpaid care : Welfare Weekly

2 thoughts on “Over 80s save Government £23bn a year through unpaid care : Welfare Weekly

  1. I agree with this article for ‘We need to get social care done’.

    For a number of months I have been promoting my Petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’ for to get social Care done, please support this petition, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

    For more information please see https://www.dropbox.com/s/w0f2skyxy37udqb/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care.docx?dl=0

    Yes persons over 80 years are saving the UK Billions and so are all carers of family members who are saving the UK around £130 Billion a year.

    Also when you are providing 35 hours or more of unpaid care you could be eligible for Carers Allowance https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance. At £66.15 per week it is not much, but it is better than nothing, nothing is what over 80s unpaid carers do get, in fact any carer having attained pension age. For Carers Allowance is not a payment for caring, as one would expect, but an allowance to minimise the loss of any income which could occur due to caring. As these unpaid carers could have to reduce their working hours or give up paid work altogether in order to care. But on attaining pension you do not lose any pension while caring and therefore while eligible for Carers Allowance it is not paid as there is no loss of income.

    So, Government, as well as Solving the crisis in Social Care, also change the ruling so that all carers who are eligible do receive Carers Allowance so it is an allowance as it states for caring.


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