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Carers to tell Ministers they should not bear brunt of cuts

02 November 2011

6th Carers National Summit 3 November 2011

Carers UK will be highlighting carers’ needs in the current difficult economic climate and will make sure carers’ voices are heard whilst welfare is reformed and care services cut across the country.

Over 450 carers will be joining in a debate with the Care Services Minster Paul Burstow MP, and Minister for Disability and Carers Benefits, Maria Miller MP, to look at the challenges that carers face and what needs to change.

This will take place at the National Carers Summit on 3 November 2011 in London where 250 carers will be present in the room and others joining in the debate online through Carers World Radio.

The challenges for the UK’s 6.4 million carers are greater than ever as benefits and local services are cut. Spending on care in 2010 fell by £1.3bn. Carers already suffer financial difficulties, and often have to give up work or suffer ill-health because of their caring role. They must not be left worse off by these reforms, says Carers UK. Carers already save the Government £119bn a year.

Carers attending the Summit will be able to put questions to Paul Burstow and Maria Miller about the proposed welfare reforms currently being debated in the House of Lords. They want the Government to set out firm plans for funding social care in the longer term.

Carers UK is seeking assurances that carers will not be left worse off as a result of the welfare reforms, including the £55.55 a week Carers Allowance. Carers UK is part of an alliance of charities taking part in the Hardest Hit campaign, which held protests against the proposed cuts in DLA and local services in London on 22 October.

Chief Executive Imelda Redmond CBE said: “Carers really welcome being able to put their questions to Ministers, so they can hear at first hand how changes being made or proposed will affect their lives. 

Government must understand that cutting support to carers is not only a false economy and will cost more in the longer term, it is also not morally just when so many have given up work, health, and contact with friends and family to care for relatives and friends who have become ill and disabled.  

Carers deserve our support and that is what we will be looking for from Ministers at the Summit.”

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