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

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Spotted the reply to this petition this morning. Makes you feel quite devalued as a lowly 'informal carer' ... we do the same 'job' as 'formal carers' (could possibly say we care even more) and yet don't get a 'wage' (even though you have to do over 35 hours of care per week to qualify for carers allowance). Surely the minimum wage was created on the basis of what people need to live on, as carers we must be well below that ... and we don't get expenses.

Us 'informal carers' must save the government millions / billions ... if all us 'informal carers' stopped caring I can't even imagine the amount they'd have to spend on 'formal carers'. There seems to be a real lack of consideration for 'informal carers' ... it feels like they'd rather have us burn out than support us caring.
I signed this petition and here is the response that I received.


“Increase Carers Allowance in line with the Living Wage”.
Government 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
this is being discussed already here
https://www.carersuk.org/forum/news-cam ... wage-27653

I will merge both topics to keep the discussion in one place :)
Thanks susieq :)
Why do they stop CA when the cared for person is in hospital even though we are still caring 7 hours a day? Why hit us with a huge rise in our council tax and claim we "are no longer carers". What a slap in the face. How is that fair?

Eun
Another Petition started for a living wage, doubt they'll listen and we'll be fobbed off again like last time and insulted with names like "Informal" caring. :evil:


https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/201785
CarerWatch archive ... March 2008 .... thread heading " Direct Action " :

83 posts / 744 reads.

Needless to add more of a theoretical thread than one of any practical significance ... unusual for us on CarerWatch at the time.
Storming of the Bastille ?

Or , a few tied and hastily repaired CND placards being dusted off along with their owners ?

The only " Direct Action " available to carers is to simply stop caring , and dump caree with the local SS ....... by the thousands.

I rest my case.

9 years ago and counting ....

Short of the words from a judge , nothing else comes remotely close.

When it comes to politics , there are NO " Rules " ...... just winners and losers.

Colour coding to follow ... would someone please refill the INK bottle ???
So who here feels "valued" on the current rate of CA?
I don't even get that, as I'm a pensioner!
Fast forward to 2017.

Our Lord Kitch currently list all known " Injustices " under one heading.

Feel free to add anymore than spring to mind.