Enhance carers lives & save Government costs

I am full time carer for 2 young adults with learning difficulties. I get paid £62 per week.

Carer Allowance should be paid for each person you care for as opposed to only being allowed to claim it once - regardless of how many people you care for.  If I were a registered child minder I would be paid per child.  The amount should also be increased, I do not know a single person (other than carers) who would work 35+ hrs per week for £62 per week.

Carers have an extremely stressful, lonely life. Our life is planned around the people we care for and we don't often make time for ourselves. We worry about our loved ones and our caring role. We sometimes need a break from caring just to save our sanity. Unfortunately breaks are not something we can afford on the current rules and rates of Carer Allowance.  So, we struggle on. 

Carers need a better quality of life in order to sustain our caring role.  We need to have outside interests where we can meet people and try to have some degree of a normal life.  A free bus pass would be very beneficial, as living on benfits I don't often take the bus.  Concession tickets for the cinema/edinburgh leisure would also be advantageous as this would allow us a discounted outing where we could hopefully meet or make new friends. 

Helping us to have a better quality of life, less stress, less financial worries, would hopefully ensure our unpaid services for a longer duration. 


Why the contribution is important

By investing in carers, making our lives easier, helping us to live a longer less stressful life - you are investing in the service we provide and therefore saving both the Government and taxpayers a fortune each year. 

by RM2612 on August 18, 2015 at 09:20PM

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  • Posted by SG_Social_Security_Policy_Team_Member August 20, 2015 at 15:57

    Thank you for comment. It is our aspiration to support carers more effectively, and these are all valuable ideas. It would be great to see others ideas on this theme too.
  • Posted by Supersher August 24, 2015 at 17:21

    I fully support you I am currently saving the local council circa £550 per week and yet I am only entitled to £62.10???
  • Posted by johnbuckley October 02, 2015 at 14:03

    The legislation introduced in April 2014 in regard to Waiving of charges for Carers(respite) is good news but unfortunately LA's have just changed from charging the carer to the cared for person. There appears to be some confusion in LA's understanding the actual legislation and it has obviously caused a lot of distress and concerns to carers. 99% of respite breaks are designed so the carer can have a break,these breaks are modeled to suit individual needs, but what LA's are now trying to say,is that it is based on the assessed needs of the cared for person. In our case, we were the ones who asked for the respite and we also have carers assessments to back this up, yet despite having received a letter saying we would no longer be charged, an invoice has now been sent to my son,who requires 24/7. We need for this legislation to be made clearer to LA's that they are to waive any charges, for any support given to carers in allowing them to continue their caring role. The government do appear to want to help carers, and have said that all replacement care charges should be waived, they maybe need to say MUST be removed and if any LA doesn't adhere,they need to address it. I agree with most comments in regards to carers having no lives outside and we just struggle on,but this is a step in the right direction,but more needs to be done to help us.
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