#CarersRightsDay: We Need to Support an Increase in Carers Allowance Across the UK

Carers Rights day

Today is  

There are 759,000 adults carers in Scotland – 17% of the adult population and an estimated 29,000 young carers in Scotland – 4% of the under 16 population and without them the health and social care system would collapse.  So I am asking you to support Carers UK’s  campaign to increase Carer’s Allowance by at least £8.50, to match the changes being made in Scotland. Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers and you can still get it even if you are working, so long as your earnings are no more than a weekly amount known as ‘the earnings limit’. The government has announced that the earnings limit will be going up to £123 per week from April 2019. While this should be good news for carers in low paid work, many of those on the National Living Wage (NLW) will not benefit. for more details see the post here at the CONTACT website

If you are looking after someone you might want to look at and download this handy guide for anyone caring for family or friends – it outlines your rights as a carer and gives an overview of the practical and financial support available:

Finally, on the same theme, a report from the Social Care Elf on a recently published paper called:

Sense of coherence and mental health of caregivers: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Which is about trying to identify early warning signs of psychological distress in carers.

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2 thoughts on “#CarersRightsDay: We Need to Support an Increase in Carers Allowance Across the UK”

  1. Today Carers UK also released their new research report which shows that many carers are facing increasing strain on their finances the longer they are caring.
    The study shows that just two in five (44%) of those caring for more than 15 years could afford their bills without struggling financially, compared with three in five (62%) of carers in their first year.
    See https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/press-releases/research-financial-pressure-of-caring-unpaid-for-a-loved-one-intensifies-over-time?utm_source=Carers%20UK&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10072423_Members%20email%20CRD&utm_content=CRD%20Report&dm_i=74C,5ZVXJ,3W4OYA,NI09B,1

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