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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.

High Court rules in favour of families in carers' benefit cap challenge

Eddy Graham
Head of Advice and Information, Carers UK

On the 26th November the High Court ruled in that by applying the benefit cap to the carers in the case the Government is discriminating against disabled people. Carers UK’s Head of Advice and Information, Eddy Graham looks at the judgment in the case of Hurley, Jarrett and Palmer and its significance for carers. 

 

"Despite our disappointment that the Hospital Parking Charges (Exemption for Carers) Bill was unsuccessful, it has led to a positive change"

Kayleigh McGrath
Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Carers UK

On Friday MPs debated the Hospital Parking Charges (Exemption for Carers) Bill, a Private Members Bill put forward by Julie Cooper, Member of Parliament for Burnley. The Bill proposed to exempt carers eligible for Carer’s Allowance from hospital parking charges in England, however disappointingly, it failed to win enough support from MPs to progress into law. 

Campaigning on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Emily Holzhausen
Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK

This week a Committee of MPs are going through the Welfare Reform and Work Bill in detail. The Bill includes a number of very concerning provisions including changes to Employment Support Allowance, the freezing of many working age benefits and the lowering of the benefit cap. As well as  working in coalition with disability charities through the Disability Benefits Consortium Carers UK has been pressing for specific provisions to try and mitigate some of the impact on carers. 

Why Carers Week is so important to us

Emily Holzhausen
Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK

For the past 20 years, Carers Week has been a great opportunity to raise awareness of caring through community events and partnerships with those delivering health and care services on the ground.

The focus of the week enables us to secure media coverage which greatly increases public understanding of caring and raises the profile of what carers are doing. By bringing on board big charities we are also able to reach a much wider audience.

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