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Carers and charities call for better financial help and recognition

Friday 3rd July 2020

We have joined our friends at Carers UK, along with 90 other charities and local carers groups, to call on the government to recognise the financial impact Covid-19 is having on unpaid carers.

An open letter, sent today to the Work and Pensions Secretary, Rt Hon Therese Coffey MP, and Chancellor, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, calls for better financial support for unpaid carers who are facing rising costs and falling incomes as a result of the pandemic.

This follows Contact's petition signed by more than 5,000 parent carers calling on the government to offer all unpaid carers a coronavirus payment.

Thank you to everyone that signed the petition this has now also been sent to the government.

"This is the recognition families need"

Una Summerson, our Head of Campaigns, said:

"Despite the huge contribution made by unpaid carers to society and the economy, they have largely been ignored throughout the pandemic. The financial hardship, 24/7 care and the lack of basic support is having a devastating effect on disabled children, their siblings and parent carers.

"Offering unpaid carers a little extra help would not only lift some of the financial pressures, but would also importantly send a message from government to all unpaid carers that they are valued at this difficult time. This is the kind of recognition that families with disabled children need at this time".

Messages from unpaid carers to government

"Carers should be given an extra payment as I and my fellow carers are saving the government billions in care packages. A little recognition for our contribution would be nice and help me pay for things like help my child feel less anxious."

"I can't work because I am a full-time carer. It's wrong that Carer's Allowance is so low especially at the moment when we are caring 24/7 with no breaks. I receive Carer's Allowance and income support but they haven't been increased like Universal Credit despite the massive workload I am currently coping with."

Do you need advice?

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