Govt. response to petition to pay carers minimum hourly rate

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To Ann 1 uk: Sorry you are right, travelling is out of the picture for most people i agree, what about the not voting idea though? T hat seems to be a reasonable idea.

TONY
I think that voting should be compulsary BUT they would need to add the box that says None of the above........all fekking useless.
I think we should receive a bit more cash but as we all know its not just about money we should be exempt from council tax for a start ive got to pay half of our tax as i have a small private pension it just puts me out help with income support , housing benefit and all the other things going i could get a part time job tommorow as ive got plenty of contacts but my mother needs care 24/7
mums social worker said she can get me a sitter but its £10-12 per hour and at the day centre its £15 quid per day then £4-00 for meal so what benefit would i get from that even at the day centre i would only have 4 hours available for work
i wish we could set up a stronger group to put our points forward as iam a former union official my brother is full time union organiser for R.M.T. i would support some kind os strike or day of acction ive been on many picket lines and i think they can help.
one thing ive started to do that is if my mum is unwell i no longer strugle to the doctors but insist that they come out to see her.
Hi all, this subject was debated extensively on the old forum. The plain fact is the solutions offered above would have no effect.
What carer worth his or her salt would dump their caree in the local casualty or social services department for even half an hour unless compelled to do so ?
Last time this question was mooted most posters said they would not dream of doing it. Demos by Carers are completely useless because governments take no notice unless the demonstrators (like lorry drivers demonstrating aginst new regulations), can cripple the fuel supplies of the country. Any way most carers could not get the time to attend or travel to a demo as has been pointed out above.
Most carers do not vote, At ten percent of the population, I should have got 1000 Carer votes when I fought Skerton West last year, if all carers had voted. That would have returned me as a Carer Representative Independent Councillor, with a handsome majority. Even with the availability of a postal vote only ten percent of Carers voted, assuming all my votes were cast by Carers.
Carers in England will only be listened to by Government when they organise along the lines I have frequently advocated and can take advantage of a proportional representational system, as in Scotland and Northern Ireland. If Carers in England want to make progress, they will be well advised to suppport any party which promises to establish proportional representation in England. Then an Independent Carers Party can be established with a realistic prospect of obtaining the balance of power, in association with our friends in established political parties, in Parliament and Local Authorities.
best wishes normangardner
Well I just gave up a £22k Job, I now get the pittance as you all know. I was told by my employer (Caring and Investing in people Registered) that I was just looking for an easyh life. When they received the letter from my solicitor about slandering my good self and my partner, Who they said wasnt that disabled cos she goes to all the social events with me. They paid me a months Salary as a sorry, which the Income support then said I had to live on.... In it for the money? Indeed not!

Birdy

What carer worth his or her salt would dump their caree in the local casualty or social services department for even half an hour unless compelled to do so ?
One driven to the brink perhaps? Especially if the alternative is going to be an early grave brought on by ill health due to overwork and poverty. It's all very well being noble and putting our carees first in everything and ignoring our own needs but it won't do our carees any good if our health breaks down to the point that we can no longer care for them.
Hi Ann I sympathise with people in that position. I have been there myself, when promised respite care places suddenly became unavailable, sitters failed to turn up. When the Consultant said 'I can do mo more for her' and 'why not let her die ?'.
I am sure many people who are reading this thread will say ' I am at the end of my tether, I am not a saint'.
People in that position should say to their Social Services Department and doctor. I am going away for the good of my health. I am handing over my responsibilities to you as from whatever date is decided. Say two weeks notice so that the arrangements can be made in a civilised matter.
The media reported last year on a sad case of a couple who attempted suicide because they could no longer cope with the problems of caring for their daughter. One died, the other recovered. And the daughter was found supervised accommodation elswhere by Social Services.
If anyone is in that position they should try to make arrangements for a sensible planned transfer of caring. Not wait until they are in an emergency situation and need psychiatric or other care themselves.
Sadly some people do wait until they are in an emergency situation, and may not have been aware of the CUK 'Back me up', campaign, where such a situation can be planned for in advance. They need help and I do not condemn them.
But that is a totally different ball game to advocating a mass dumping of carees in a given location as part of a protest against the dismal situation many Carers and their carees find themselves in today.
The best way of tackling the latter problem, in my view, is to vote for Public Policy representatives who are sympathetic to the needs of Carers and their carees.
best wishes normangardner
......But that is a totally different ball game to advocating a mass dumping of carees in a given location as part of a protest against the dismal situation many Carers and their carees find themselves in today.
Mind you it would give the powers that be a nasty shock and possible heart failure to realise how much work carers do if they had to take care over from all of us for one set day Image
Point taken Anne, but if all the Social service bosses had heart failure on the same day, who would look after them Image
Don't think there would be many offers from their 'caring' colleagues!