We are supporting Carers UK’s campaign ‘Fairer For Carers’, calling upon the Government for a £20 a week supplement to the Carer’s Allowance.
This would help carers manage both the higher costs of caring and the lack of services available to help them stay in work. The Government made just a 35p increase in April, in line with inflation (CPI), bringing the benefit to a total of £67.60 a week.
Carers in Bedfordshire Chief Executive Officer, Chris Stelling said: “We are joining the campaign Fairer For Carers, as unpaid carers play a vital role in our society. We want to ensure carers are recognised for their huge contribution. The vast majority of care for the elderly, disabled or those who have a long term health condition, is provided by family and friends. Social services and the NHS rely on the millions of unpaid carers, as without it they would simply collapse. It’s been calculated by Carers UK the essential support they have provided is £530m, with each day of the pandemic that passes.