Interesting thought given the numerous ramifications.

From our viewpoint , around 1 in 10 of carers ( 6 million+ last census ) are " Known " , the remaining 9 in 10 hidden. If nothing other than a show of solidarity , we would agree that effects be prioritised to identify as many more carers as possible.

For many , support that we know exists may be completely alien to them. A chance to improve the lives of many carers simply by pointing them in the right direction , even if that means merely shoving a leaflet into their hand.

In due course , many will be seeking services offered by our supporting organisations. In turn , a chance
for them to feel less isolated , and eventually join with other carers , something we all enjoy by visiting
forum from time to time.

Just how much in non benefit take up by carers is unknown. How many are simply loosing out by not
knowning about underlying entitlements ?

On the last figure a staggering £ 13 BILLION in unclaimed benefits across the whole spectrum ... May 2016.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ng-welfare

Whilst the above is a brief summary of our position , what is the downside ?

In a nutshell , monies.

The Care Act ... Government's own estimates ... 350,000 .... LAs in financial meltdown without budgeting for carers. What would happen if the carer numbers were doubled ? Said Act applies to all carers !

Even with the provisions of the Care Act , the LAs are struggling to support known carers letalone an
influx of previously unknown ones.

Central Government ? Just one issue is Carers Allowance. A pittance and hoops to jump through as we
all know. Try adding , say , a million new claimants even if only 1 in 3 qualify. That's real money in almost anyone's language. If not Carers Allowance , any other benefits payable ?

Poltically ? The fear , however remote , of carers ever uniting under whatever banner. Even worse ?
Carers and carees alike united under one banner .... a mere 13-15 million strong ?

Just a few observations arising out of a couple of other threads worth kicking around.

Perhaps a better question ?

In whose interest is it not by identifying carers ?

Or , a more fundamental one ?

How can anyone anywhere plan a policy for carers when only 1 in 10 are known ?