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Carers Week 2016 in Parliament

Kayleigh McGrath, 

Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Carers UK

With the hundreds of competing issues landing in MPs inboxes every day, Carers Week provides us with the opportunity to ensure MPs are made aware of the issues and challenges that caring brings for the 10,000 or so carers in their constituency. It also provides us with an opportunity to educate and inform MPs about carers and their contribution.

APPG on Carers: "The Carers Strategy has come at a pivotal moment as the amount of unpaid care being provided is going up as care needs increase"

Jenny Luckett
Policy, Research and Public Affairs Officer, Carers UK

This week the Minister for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt MP, came to a meeting of the APPG on Carers supported by the APPG on Motor Neurone Disease to talk to fellow MPs about the latest developments in the Carers Strategy.

Positive change for carers announced but concerns still remain: Housing and Planning Bill

Jenny Luckett
Policy, Research and Public Affairs Officer, Carers UK

Yesterday evening was the Third Reading of the Housing and Planning Bill in the House of Lords and there have been some positive developments for carers since we submitted evidence to Peers and to Government on the specific challenges faced by carers.


Looking ahead to the budget

Chloe Wright, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers UK 


The planned changes to how aids and appliances are considered in entitlement for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) announced by the Disability Minister last Friday will mean that some 640,000 disabled people will be affected – either receiving a lower level of support or losing entitlement to PIP altogether.

Carers and the Housing Bill - what difference will the Bill make?

Jenny Luckett
Policy, Research and Public Affairs Officer, Carers UK

This week the House of Lords is going through the Housing and Planning Bill in detail, at its Committee stage, scrutinising the effect of the Bill. For carers and those they look after, there are some important changes that could have a significant impact, mostly on future carers, but some affecting current carers who live in council housing properties.

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