Carer Poverty Coalition launches Manifesto 2024

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Thursday 21 March 2024

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Today, along with 130 other members of the Carer Poverty Coalition, we have launched a joint manifesto. We’re calling on all political parties to commit, ahead of an upcoming General Election, to end poverty amongst unpaid carers,

Led by Carers UK, the Carer Poverty Coalition advocates for policy change that values, recognises and supports unpaid carers. Carers are particularly vulnerable to poverty due to the additional costs they face and the difficulty balancing work and care. Last year, over a third (34%) of carers were cutting back on essentials such as food or heating. The rate of poverty for carers getting Carer’s Allowance more than doubled in the decade from 2010/11 to 2020/21. 

The manifesto sets out our key policy recommendations for a future Government to ensure carers facing financial hardship receive the support they need and that there are comprehensive plans in place to prevent carers falling into poverty to begin with.

We have called on all political parties to commission a full review into Carer’s Allowance and other means-tested benefits for carers. This must include raising the level of financial support and increasing the earnings limit. To help carers at all stages of their caring journey, we are recommending scrapping the 21-hour study rule so carers can study alongside caring. And we want extra payments for those over state pension age who are no longer eligible for Carer’s Allowance.

We are also calling for carers to receive more support in managing paid work alongside their caring responsibilities through a support programme for those wishing to return to work and the removal of barriers to employment.

To find out more, read the manifesto in full.