An interesting one ... a couple of the " Players " listed earlier joining forces ?
http://www.southwalesguardian.co.uk/new ... rent_laws/
Young carers team up to tackle current laws.
Young Adult Carers in Carmarthenshire have launched a national campaign to change the law in respect of the length of time a young carer can study and still receive Carers Allowance.
Current eligibility criteria for Carers Allowance states that a carer must provide 35 hours or more care per week, must not earn more than £110 per week and cannot be education, training or employment for more than 21 hours per week.
Carmarthenshire Young Adult Carers (YAC) have teamed up with the Carers Trust and Fixers organisation to launch a parliamentary petition to seek to change the 21 hour rule which it says discriminates against carers who wish to study to improve their employment prospects and to reach their full potential in life.
20-year-old Lucy Prentice recently attended an Ammanford Town Council meeting to discuss her involvement in the campaign.
Lucy, from Pencader, said: “When I was 11 my mother was rushed in to hospital.She had suffered a bleed on her brain.
“Ever since it’s caused a lot of mental issues such as severe anxiety, depression and she also suffers from memory issues as well.
“There are only two of us at home so she’s dependent on me now. I’ve got to be there to take her out shopping, to pay her bills.
“In the future I really want to work in animal care, but I feel as if the system’s going up against me.
“We need support and signatures to better our future.”
The campaign hopes to achieve 100,000 signatures for the debate to be held in Parliament.
Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards, who attended the official launch, said: “We first have to remember that caring is not a uniform job in which every carer undertakes the same role. Caring comes in many forms and, depending on an individuals’ need, their carers may deliver around the clock care or work with professionals to share caring responsibilities.
“At the heart of this campaign is enabling young adult carers – those who selflessly help look after their loved ones – to study and improve their future employment prospects.
“Many carers and their families experience financial hardship due to an illness or disability within the family, so the current 21-hour rule increases the likelihood that a cycle of financial hardship will continue if young people aren’t able to get good education.
“I don’t doubt the current legislation was deliberately designed to save the state money, but the government must recognise that one small change to the law will better support young adult carers.
“I’m very proud to see young people in Carmarthenshire establishing a national campaign which seeks to make life better for young adults across the UK.
Softly , softly approach ... a petition ... doomed to failure ???
Missing the whole point of an UNITED front involving ALL players !!!
Still , another " Player " to add to the List.
The Players ?
NUS ... Contacted by me ( Student angle , carer angle secondary ... not exclusive ! )
Local mp ... Contacted by me
Other mps ... Awaiting on local mp to confirm contact
All Party Carers Group ... Awaiting on news as to being involved
Government ( Education Minister ) ... Unknown but would be involved at some stage
Carers Day in the House ... First goal , awaiting news from local mp
NUS ( Wales ) ... Contact with Welsh Government / Education Minister
Carers UK ( Wales ) ... Involved somewhere with Wales
Welsh Government ... Contacted by NUS ( Wales )
NUS ( Scotland ) ... Campaign with Scottish Government ( 21 Hour Rule unlikely )
Scottish Government ... Contacted by NUS ( Scotland )
Carers Trust ... Putting their nose in Scotland ( NO mention of the 21 Hour Rule ... as can be expected ! )
.... and now Carers Trust ( Wales )
Learning and Work Institute ?
Timing STILL not right ... Brexit is acting as a curse for any other matters , including the continuing meltdown in the NHS and social care.
After all , what takes priority over preservation of wealth and power ??????????