Carers UK message of support

At Carers UK, we share Carer Watch’s concern about government plans for DLA and the knock on effect for those people claiming Carer’s Allowance. DLA is a disability benefit designed to help people with the additional costs associated with their disability. The introduction of medical assessments for Disability Living Allowance will cause extreme concern and anxiety amongst people caring, unpaid, for disabled relatives. Carers UK are already receiving daily phone calls and emails from families caring at the sharp end, often 24/7 and at the end of their tether, who are now scared for their financial future. Carers own income could well be hit, as Carer’s Allowance and other benefits are based on the disabled person receiving Disability Living Allowance at a certain level. People’s experiences of medical tests for Employment and Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit have not been positive, and poor medical assessment could spell financial disaster for carers and their families. Making savings to the welfare bill in this way is deeply unfair – hitting the most vulnerable in our society particularly hard, people who are already struggling to make ends meet. Caring is something we will all have to do at some point in our lives and Carers UK will continue to campaign for the contribution that carers make to families and society to be fully recognised and to ensure that carers get the practical, financial and emotional support they...

Jan Cole – Asperger East Anglia

As a charity supporting individuals, and their families, who are affected by Asperger syndrome; we are very concerned that changes in the benefits system will add yet more confusion and anxiety for vulnerable people. Most adults with Asperger syndrome would like to have a job, but frequently find it difficult to gain and maintain employment. Trying to keep up with the constant changes in how to apply for support and benefits can only lead to more people in crisis and more costs for statutory services. Jan Cole, Carers and Parents Support – Asperger East...

Campaign to protect Disability Benefits

Carer Watch ask the Coalition to make a clear statement about the level of welfare benefits that they intend to offer to support disabled people and their carers in these very challenging times. Disability Living Allowance was specifically named in the Emergency Budget as a benefit that was being targeted and where substantial savings could be made. Many groups/organisations representing the disabled people and carers are reporting that this has caused an immediate wave of anxiety and concern. DLA is an essential benefit that was specifically designed to provide financial support towards the extra costs incurred by people living with a disability.  DLA payments have enabled hundreds of thousands of disabled people to maintain a degree of independence and quality of life that would have otherwise been lost to them.Because Middle and Higher rate DLA are both also passport benefits to enable family members to claim Carers Allowance, removing or reducing DLA will not only have an enormous financial impact on disabled people it will also impact on their carers – a double blow which will especially hit hard those families on the poverty line. It is even more alarming that the Coalition plan a new regime of  ‘non medical tests ‘  as happened with Employment Support Allowance. A ‘test’ which was designed to throw 1 million people off sickness benefit altogether. It is a ‘test’ you are planned to fail.   Of course we want the aspiration of work to be open to disabled people and carers but with rising unemployment coupled with cuts to social care support services, realistically how many will find work and how soon? We are...