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Carers UK Forum • Challenges carers are facing in accessing food
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Challenges carers are facing in accessing food

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:36 pm
by Michael Carers UK
Dear Carers UK members

Together with 23 other charities Carers UK has written to the Government and supermarkets about the challenges many of you are facing accessing food during the coronavirus crisis.

We’re urgently calling for:
1. Supermarkets to make sure everyone with a disability, those at increased risk of coronavirus and unpaid carers get priority access to supermarkets and home deliveries of food
2. Government to work with us to make sure no one misses out on the support they need
3. Government to provide information about the help available for people struggling to access food.
4. Supermarkets to make their services more accessible for older, disabled people and their unpaid carers.

We will continue to work hard to make sure the mechanisms are in place so that you can access essential food and support during this time.

With good wishes

Michael

Re: Challenges carers are facing in accessing food

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:58 pm
by Rosemary_1706
Hi Michael. Is this letter available for us to read.? Please would you post a link. Thank you.

Re: Challenges carers are facing in accessing food

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:07 pm
by Bill_2001
Even if granting the whole package , implementation will be another matter.

Online ... how will one prove he / she is a vulnerable person ... releasing personal data to a supermarket ?

The new poor falling through the gap of being classed vulnerable , and in a queue for the paperwork needed to access a food bank ?

Supermarket ... millions out there are vulnerable , what identification will be needed at times .. for example , a family carer not claiming CA or other benefits ?

Social distancing ... a carer pushing his / her caree in a wheelchair ... caree cannot be left alone , no Internet access ... access granted or declined ?

Just a few thoughts ahead of whatever comes out of sending the letter.

Re: Challenges carers are facing in accessing food

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:17 pm
by Rosemary_1706
Sad reality is that almost everyone is claiming to be in a special, vulnerable group! - including companies, partnerships, self employed.....

Re: Challenges carers are facing in accessing food

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:19 pm
by Michael Carers UK
Rosemary_1706 wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:58 pm
Hi Michael. Is this letter available for us to read.? Please would you post a link. Thank you.
Hi Rosemary - I'm afraid I don't have a copy of the letter to share with you but will post it in this thread if it's publically available.

Michael

Re: Challenges carers are facing in accessing food

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:20 pm
by Rosemary_1706
Thanks, Michael.

Re: Challenges carers are facing in accessing food

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:59 pm
by Amble_180612345
Some Supermarkets have made special times available for the Elderly, NHS Workers and some others.
Our local Borough Council (Runnymede) have been incredibly helpful in very many ways. Offers of shopping, collecting prescriptions, a listening , caring ear. They have been really supportive.

Re: Challenges carers are facing in accessing food

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:06 pm
by Honey Badger
I get that they can only work with the information made available to them else the wider public would fleece the system as they were doing before identification badges/paperwork became a pre-requisite for key worker access.

However the more supermarkets and other supporting cast push the burden of proof on a individual being on the vulnerable register the more urgency there is that this problem with getting on the list be resolved.

Volunteer services are a postcode lottery, our area has an above the national average population of elderly and a shortage of manpower for volunteer led services which are already over subscribed and apparently not well funded (stingy council)