Unpaid family carers ‘feel completely ignored’ by Government amid the Coronavirus pandemic – Welfare Weekly

Government under pressure to increase the value of Carer’s Allowance to help the UK’s army of 6.5 million unpaid carers.

Source: Unpaid family carers ‘feel completely ignored’ by Government amid the Coronavirus pandemic – Welfare Weekly

One thought on “Unpaid family carers ‘feel completely ignored’ by Government amid the Coronavirus pandemic – Welfare Weekly

  1. There are many levels of care recognition within the UK and by this Government and none of it is good enough.

    The COVID 19 situation has brought NHS staff to the fore and the country is now behind them and may be the Government, well it appears they currently are, will have to wait and see if that continues after COVID 19 nhas gone.

    The we come to Care Homes, with COVID 19 care homes are well in the news, but only because of the number of deaths of care home residents. Much research has been conducted about care homes, but again very litle Governemtn recognition and they come second to the NHS in many areas, especially around PPE.

    Then comes home care, not even a mention of supported living and only a brief mention of hospices. Here the PPE situation appears to be extremely sparse.

    All of the above come under paid care, but for many the pay is extremely abysmal, but the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care does not wish to know. This was obvious by his comment to the question from the SNP Shaddow Health and Social Care Minister, Dr Philippa Whitford MP when she urged Matt Hancock to roll-out the Real Living Wage to all care workers – like has been the case in Scotland for many years – and reverse the 20% cut to public health funding imposed by the Tories in 2015.

    In his response, Matt Hancock said that health care workers already receive the living wage – lower than the Real Living Wage – and completely failed to address Dr Whitford’s point on reversing cuts.

    Here Matt Hancock was completely showing he did not care for Philippa was refering to the Real Living Wage as put forward by the Living Wage Foundation, £9.30 throughout the UK and £10.75 in London for persons 18 and over, https://www.livingwage.org.uk/what-real-living-wage . While Matt in his obtuse manner was refering to the National Living Wage, £8.72 throughout the UK and no increase for London for persons 25 and over. For worker 21 and over there is the National Minimum Wage of £8.20 and again no increase for London.

    Matt trying to ‘pull the wool’ so completely ignoring the point Philippa was raising and showing his comtempt for Care Workers.

    Then way down the list comes Family Carers looking after their own relatives for no pay, but may be able to claimCarers Allowance, currently £67.25 per week for a minimum fof 35 hours per week, https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/benefits-entitlements/carers-allowance/?gclid=CKyn4MXWmLkCFebJtAod4XoAKA#

    Foe persons on State Pension, see below

    If you get the State Pension you won’t be paid Carer’s Allowance. But don’t be put off making a claim, because if you’re eligible then you could be awarded extra Pension Credit or Housing Benefit instead.

    What it does not make clear is that Carers Allowance is not means tested, but Pension Credit and Housing Benefit are.

    Family Carers are exceedingly important for they save the UK over £130 billion per year, https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/3790/unpaid_carers_save_the_uk_132_billion_a_year__the_cost_of_a_second_nhs & https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2020/03/11/budget-5bn-coronavirus-includes-support-social-care-government-criticised-lack-action-sector-funding/

    In effect Family Carers are saving the UK much of the cost of the NHS, with no PPE

    This is how care is thought of by the Government within the UK, a complete disgrace.

    Some of the above points are raised in my Petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, please see https://www.dropbox.com/s/74ckd926thbrlo8/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%205.docx?dl=0 or go direct to the petition athttps://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care


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