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Contact welcomes Lib Dems Stand Up for Carers campaign

Thursday 26th November 2020

The Liberal Democrats have today launched a Stand Up for Carers campaign, to coincide with Carer's Rights Day.

As part of this they are calling for an extra £20 a week in Carer's Allowance - something Contact has been campaigning for alongside other carer's charities.

The new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, is dad to 12-year-old John who has severe disabilities.

Amanda Batten, Chief Executive of Contact, said: "The families we support were already under financial strain before the Coronavirus pandemic due to the difficulties of juggling caring with work.

"The last eight months of jobs losses and squeezed budgets has made the situation for many families with disabled children so much worse - pushing some into a desperate situation.

"These are families who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, caring, nursing, teaching, being physios and therapists, often with little or no support. It would make such a difference to them to be recognised in this small way, by an increase in the main carers benefit."

Carer's Allowance remains the lowest benefit of its kind at £67.25 per week (2020/21 rates). Because of the low level of the payment and other entitlement conditions, including an earnings limit, the benefit continues to be ineffective in preventing financial hardship.