Alison Garnham – Chief Executive CPAG

 Child Poverty Action Group supports the call that Carer Watch are making for a clear statement of intent from government that recognises the economic hardship that so many carers and their families face. Because carers have limited access to paid employment, there is a higher risk that children who have a parent who is a carer will be brought up below the poverty line. To help meet the Government’s target to end child poverty, it is essential that the current lack of income adequacy for many carers is addressed and we hope to see this as an element of the Government’s child poverty strategy. Best wishes Alison...

Fran Bennett, University of Oxford

  I would very much support your call for maintaining, extending and improving carer’s allowance in terms of providing an independent income for those who are caring that does not depend on a partner’s actions or income because it is non-means-tested. I was involved recently in some qualitative research which involved interviews with men and women separately in low to moderate income couples and we came across several examples where carer’s allowance was very important to women in particular and seemed to give them some room for manoeuvre within the household which they might not have had otherwise … best wishes Fran Bennett, University of...

Tyneside Claimants Union

Tyneside Claimants Union  fully supports your campaign to retain Carers Allowance, and to recieve clarification about the government’s plans. Carers Allowance represents financial recognition (however inadequately) of the vital, difficult, work that carers do. The affect of benefit cuts and cuts to council services on carers, disabled people, and other benefits claimants is going have immense human...

West Norfolk Women and Carers’ Pensions Network

West Norfolk Women and Carers’ Pensions Network calls for a Fair Deal for Carers from the Coalition Government   Carers put their own relationships and careers on hold – sometimes for ever. Caring impacts on carers’ ability to earn, save, build up their own pension, maintain friendship networks and socialise.  Carers suffer worse physical and emotional health than non-carers. Though equality becomes a shimmering veneer when you have to care for someone, the carer’s role is fundamental to another human being’s wellbeing, quality of life, and very survival. The Coalition’s planned cuts to public services will affect single women of working age and single women pensioners most of all. ( Women’s Budget Group and Howard Reed  http://www.womensincomenetwork.org/Women%20and%20Income.htm   Most carers are women. When the services they rely on as carers are cut or withdrawn they will be faced with Hobson’s choice – provide the care themselves although it means reducing their own paid work, or make up the shortfall for the lost service out of their own pocket. Either way, women will lose out. If Government fails to protect carers from the nuclear fallout of the more stringent Personal Capability Assessment when a disability benefit is withdrawn but the need for caring remains, women will lose out again. The right direction for Welfare Reform is to safeguard the public services that carers, disabled and elderly people depend on, strengthen Carers Allowance with more flexibility and qualifying criteria on the basis of care needed and supplied, whether or not the cared for is in receipt of DLA or AA, and to raise the amount of Carers Allowance to give dignity and sufficient income to carers in consideration of their vital contribution to society.   Alexandra Kemp Chief...