CARERWATCH RESPOND TO THE GREEN PAPER

“We the undersigned strongly object to proposals to transfer working age carers on Carers Allowance and Income Support to Job seekers Allowance as proposed in the Green Paper No one written off:reforming welfare to reward responsibility. We strongly believe that transferring carers who are providing a minimum of 35 hours a week unpaid care (work) to a benefit that suggests they are not working and are available for work is an insult to carers and that these proposals contradict the government’s claim to ‘recognise’ carers’ ‘immense contribution’ to society (estimated to be worth £87 billion a year). We furthermore believe that placing carers on JSA  is misleading in that it implies that those with substantial caring responsibilities have the choice to combine unpaid caring work with paid employment when in fact the lack of appropriate affordable respite in the system means that many carers do not have a genuine CHOICE. We call upon the government to recognise that carers are amongst the most responsible members of society and urge  the government to recognise carers valuable ‘social input’ as members of the working community by keeping carer benefits  separate from the rest of the benefit...