CARERWATCH EVIDENCE TO THE GREEN PAPER CONSULTATION

Carerwatch submitted the following evidence the the Green Paper consultation on Welfare Reform   Carer Watch are an online campaign group for carers across the UK run by independent, unpaid carers. Carer Watch has canvassed for carers’ opinions on the Welfare Reform Green Paper across the various online carer forums. As well as the response below we would ask the government to take into account the response to the petition: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/caringiswork/ We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to withdraw the proposal to transfer carers on carers allowance and income support to job seekers allowance and to recognise carers’ valuable social input by keeping carer benefits separate from the rest of the benefit system. The petition was started on 25th September 2008. We believe that,  taking into account the limited publicity Carer Watch have been able to give the petition due to our lack of resources, the high number of signatories gained in a relatively short time is a good indication of the strength of feeling on this issue. Question 22: Is a system based on a single overarching benefit the right long-term aspiration? How could a simpler system be structured so as to meet varying needs and responsibilities? From the Green Paper: “6.6 We think there is a strong case for abolishing IS altogether as it is a largely passive benefit that expects very little from its recipients and does nothing to prepare them for a life after benefits. In fact, its very name implies financial dependence and inactivity” Carers on Carers Allowance and income support cannot be classed as being inactive.  Carers are unique within the benefit...

petition to downing street – CA not JSA

Carerwatch support this petition to Downing Street. We really need help in getting as many signatures as possible. Please sign the petition and please come and help us. Join the campaign group and give us your suggestions as to where we can go to get more signatures. http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/caringiswork/ We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to withdraw the     proposal to transfer carers on carers allowance and income     support to job seekers allowance and to recognise carers’     valuable social input by keeping carer benefits separate from     the rest of the benefit system.     In the Welfare Green Paper No One Written Off: Reforming     Welfare to Reward Responsibility the Government proposes to     transfer working age carers on Carers Allowance and Income     Support to Job seekers Allowance. Carers are amongst the most     responsible members of society. Without their contribution our     NHS and social care systems would collapse. Transferring carers     to job seekers allowance , a benefit that suggests carers are     not working, are not contributing to society and are available     for work is an insult and a contradiction of the government’s     claim  to ‘recognise’ carers’ ‘immense contribution’ to society     (estimated to be worth £87 billion a year). Carers’ valuable     social input should be recognised by keeping carer benefits     separate from the rest of the benefit...