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...

Dr Debora Price, Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London

In this time of cuts in social care spending across local authorities country wide, your campaign to maintain and support disability and carers allowances is of the utmost importance. What kind of society do we want to live in? Even in the face of dramatic austerity measures, we should be seeking to uphold the autonomy and independence of carers, as well as recognise their vital contributions to family, society and the nation. Dr Debora Price, Institute of Gerontology, King’s College...

Hampshire LRC – Demanding Justice for Carers

Hampshire LRC  fully support Carer Watch’s campaign to end carer poverty and think it is totally unacceptable that carers, who play such a vital role in our communities, are not supported adequately, either within the care system or financially. Hampshire LRC will do all that they can to support the call by Carer Watch to demand that the coalition government makes clear its intentions for the Carers Allowance, and if it is going to be incorporated into the proposed Universal Credit system. We believe the government should undertake an immediate review of carers benefits and raise those benefits to a living wage. We also believe that provisions should be put in place for local authorities to provide adequate access to support, should carers need a break or help to carry out their job. With an ageing population it is even more vital that the government reviews this situation as soon as possible:  an increasing number of working people are going to be forced into poverty in order to care for loved ones – the government must act now. Hampshire LRC urges individuals and organisations through-out our communities to support Carer Watch’s demands and to offer words of support by emailing them (admin@carerwatch.com )  or visiting their website. Please consider doing all that you can to raise awareness by writing to your MP, local councillors and bytelling your friends about this issue. To find out more about Carer Watch, visit their website and download their briefing. Sarah Evans Chair Hampshire Labour Representation...