Government petition to increase carers allowance in line with the living wage

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A very important petition for all you carers out there. The petition is on 9,130 signatures and if it gets too 10,000 the government will respond to it.

If you could all sign this and then pass it on we can get to 10,000 signatures in no time.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/163203

Thank you
signed

(if we could only join up all the other petitions for the same thing over the last 2 years I reckon we'd have well over 100,000 signatures !)
Signed
That is true, it's shame carers aren't looked upon as workers really
One problem that faces all petitions along these lines is that the very people who would support said petition do not have regular access to the Internet.

In that respect , many are excluded from even being aware of a petition.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/businessindustry ... users/2016

A sad fact of modern day life. For many , the cost of a phone line and internet access is simply a cost too far.

Yes , I know that free internet access is available in many areas but , would " Petitions " be in the top ten of searches made by such individuals in their allocated time ?

Around the corner at the local libary , around 20 computers available , each with a 20 minute access slot. On many days , the queue for their use can be measured in the tens. What happens when someone tries to complete a modern day application form for a benefit on line ... two thirds done and 10 seconds left ? Back of the queue and please ... type a little faster next time ?

Carers like Wendy at Chilli should be applauded for their continuing campaign along these lines. Just shows what can be done even if , at the end of the day , the results are minimal.

Try a Google search ... Carers Petitions ... very interesting , but sad , results revealed.
Signed and sent an email to the local MP too telling him i've signed it.
I am pleased to say it has now hit 10,000 signatures, so, now we await their response.


https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/163203
They have responded:



We value the support carers give to help disabled people live more independently. Carer’s Allowance was not designed to be a carer’s wage and by 2021/22 spending on it will be nearly £3.5bn a year.

The Government recognises the invaluable contribution that unpaid and family carers make in all our communities, and is committed to doing more to support them. This support we need to provide extends far beyond financial support however. The Department of Health is currently leading the development of a new national Carers Strategy, due for publication in the spring. The Strategy will seek to raise awareness among public and professionals of carers and their caring roles; to build ‘Carer Friendly Communities’ in which employers, businesses and services identify, recognise and support carers; and to ensure that the NHSE and Social Care services provide the right support to those in the most intense caring roles and at moments of crisis.

Formal carers, i.e. those who are employed as “professional” carers, do of course need to receive all the protections that employment law offers, including receiving at least the National Living Wage/National Minimum Wage from their employers.

Informal carers are those who provide care for family or friends and they do receive help through the benefit system, primarily through Carer’s Allowance (CA). The main purpose of CA is to provide a measure of financial support and recognition for people who give up the opportunity of full-time employment in order to provide regular and substantial care for a severely disabled person. It has never been designed to be a carer’s wage or to replace all lost earnings.

CA can be received alongside part-time earnings of up to £110 net a week (rising to £116 net a week from April 2017). Where possible, informal carers are encouraged to continue either working or studying part-time alongside their caring responsibilities in order to improve their own life chances and increase their social interaction.

CA is funded from general taxation and does not depend on an individual's National Insurance contributions. CA is up-rated in line with the Consumer Price Index and the rate has increased from £53.90 to £62.10 (rising to £62.70 a week in April) since 2010, meaning an additional £450 a year for carers. By 2021/22 we will be spending nearly £3.5 billion a year on CA. This is a clear indication of the Government’s commitment to carers.

Carers who are on low incomes can also claim income-related benefits, such as Income Support and Pension Credit. These benefits can be paid to carers at a higher rate than those without caring responsibilities through the carer premium or the equivalent additional amount for carers respectively, both currently worth up to £34.60 a week (increasing to £34.95 a week in April). Receipt of means tested benefits can act as a “passport” to help with prescriptions and dental charges.

The Government recently published its Fuller Working Lives Strategy. This sets out what the Government is doing to support those carers who wish to work; as well as highlighting the sort of support that good employers should give to carers in their workforce, such as flexible working. To spearhead some of this work the Government has appointed the Business in the Community (BiTC) Age at Work leadership team led by Andy Briggs, CEO of Aviva UK Life and Chairman of Global Life, as Business Champion for Older Workers. The members of the Leadership Team will actively promote the benefits of both employing and retaining older workers to employers across England – influencing them both strategically and in terms of practical advice. This work will also benefit carers in the workplace.

Department for Work and Pensions
The DWP appear to have modified their standard template a little.

Most of the reply can be traced back to 2004 on various forums , probably earlier if any reader retained a written response in the pre internet days.

Might as well be expressed in Klingon as the facts therein bear no relationship to the actual reality of being a carer in 2017.

That is the price one pays for just being a carer in today's Sad New World.

Mere words ... instead of adequate pay and affordable care.

Slaves to the System until one drops dead or is too ill to continue.
So that response can be summed up as a "No" then :roll: