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Carers UK responds to LGA call for council tax reductions for carers

10 August 2015

Responding to the call from the Local Government Association for a fund to provide reductions in council tax to those providing unpaid care in England, Carers UK Chief Executive Heléna Herklots said:

“We welcome today’s call from local government for further support to be put in place to give all carers a reduction to their council tax.

The unpaid care provided to older, disabled and ill loved ones is worth £119 billion yet without the right support carers often experience significant impacts on their own health and wellbeing, on their ability to work and on their finances. Over 2 million people have given up work to care and many more have reduced their hours. A reduction in income and the extra costs of providing care mean that family finances can take a big hit.

As well as providing greater recognition of the huge contribution of carers, extending financial support with council tax would bring vital support for carers, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet.”

The Local Government Association press release can be found here.

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