Many organisations, including the Government relate to Carers Allowance as the means for survival, however, for this to be achieved the Allowance needs to be substantially increased.
Currently, Carers Allowance is £67.25 per week and to qualify 35 hours of care needs to be undertaken. So, assuming only 35 hours per week is worked, but it will, most likely, be more, then the hourly rate is £1.93. This could be the only income the family carer is receiving, surely a more reasonable rate for Carers Allowance should be based on the National Living Wage of £8.72, so, on 35 hours per week the Allowance should be £305.20. Then when you start to draw the State Pension the Carers Allowance will stop.
If a Family carer is able to do some paid when then they are not allowed to earn more than £128.00. So, family carers who are not able to work, they are being penalised by only getting the current £67.25. So, for then the £305.20 is more realistic.
Again people relying on Social Care and their families are being left behind financially.
This is when Family Carers save the UK well over £130 billion a year.
This is in addition to the way paid carers are treated by this Government.
This Government wants Social Care on the cheap and if this is not changed with more realistic Central Government funding to Local Authorities for Social Care, then social Care in any realistic form could well disappear before too long.
But this Government and many previous Government do not and have not cared, where is their Duty of Care. This does not start and finish with the NHS, for Social Care and health are and will for ever being interrelated.
My petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care covers much of the above and other related issues.
For further information see, https://www.dropbox.com/s/74ckd926thbrlo8/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%205.docx?dl=0
But will the Government listen and then take the required action, well from past experience I do doubt it, unless there is another, unexpected U-Turn.
Christie Michael is so worried about protecting her elderly mother that she has not gone outside her front door since the lockdown began in March. She says it is “lonely and isolating” – but the mother and daughter in Essex have also found themselves hungry.
Research from Sheffield and Birmingham universities suggests more than 100,000 unpaid carers in the UK have had to rely on food banks during the pandemic.
Helen Walker of Carers UK says unpaid carers are at “breaking point”. The study looked at the experiences of people caring for parents and disabled relatives during the lockdown – and found 229,000 unpaid carers were in households where people had “gone hungry”.
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