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Carers UK Forum • Caring for carers campaign - Daily Mirror
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Caring for carers campaign - Daily Mirror

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:42 am
by rosemary
read here
The Daily Mirror today launches a campaign to improve the lives of Britain's carers.

Case Study 1
Jane was forced to quit her job as a nurse to care full-time for her husband Eifion, 52 and son Ben, 24, more than 13 years ago.



Above is our own Jane from forum.
Well done Jane for doing this after all you have been through

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And thank you Jane, it

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:57 am
by Guest
And thank you Jane, it must have been difficult for you.

Thank you Jane.

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:08 am
by Butterfly
Thank you Jane.

The link seems to be

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:59 am
by charles47
The link seems to be inoperative at the moment - looks like it's a problem at the Mirror's end.

Well done Jane

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:20 am
by entity

Page 27 of todays Mirror

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:05 am
by Matt Hill
Page 27 of todays Mirror - double page spread. Carers UK has been working on this behind the scenes for a few months now. There should be a story each day this week, starting with money in today's paper. Then they will highlight health/breaks and then work/emplyment. The Mirror have been brilliant in taking this on and this will really help bring more pressure on politicians.

But of course none of it would work without our amazing team of media volunteers like Jane (LazyDaisy) who tell their stories and bring the issue to life for people. Thanks to all of them.

The Mirror have appealed for carers to email them with comments on caring4carers-at-mirror.co.uk

Matt

I think this is fantastic

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:03 am
by Alexr115
I think this is fantastic for carers, it's great to have a popular newspaper on our side which could increase the pressure on the government

Absolutely Alex - this coverage

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:05 am
by Matt Hill
Absolutely Alex - this coverage is well needed and we're very pleased the Mirror have taken this up. Please leave your comments on the Mirror page at http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/carers-campaign/

Absolutely Alex - this coverage

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:16 am
by Alexr115
Absolutely Alex - this coverage is well needed and we're very pleased the Mirror have taken this up. Please leave your comments on the Mirror page at http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/carers-campaign/
Now that the Mirror are on board can we not nudge the Guardian, Indie and even the Sun Image

The tabloids are good at campaigning especially when you see the effect of their pressure for getting help for soldiers injured in conflict.

I've also left a comment and sent them an email, thanking them for it Image

It`s me the one who

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:10 pm
by g.herschel
It`s me the one who always picks faults - i was so pleased to read in the spiegel today that we have now got a newspaper the mirror supporting carers it`s just what we need a high profile campaign at long last we may see some good come from it. however the main headline will put many off "CAMPAIGN LAUNCH TO GIVE SIX MILLION CARERS PROPER EARNINGS "
you all know my views re the six million i do not doubt that we have some six million carers but will they all be entitled to the new earnigs ? and set at what level i wonder .
if all six million carers received a decent wage would they all give up work and care full time ?
We have about 750-000 carers who receive the carers allowance we have pensioners who have the entitlement to carers allowance but can not receive it students they to can not receive the carers alowance if you earn over £95 per week you can not get the carers allowance some care for more then one disabled person i did for 9 years yet only received payment for one .

The carers allowance will iam sad to say have to be paid at various levels to reflect the amount of care work that we provide if you care full time top wages for you but is it right that someone who can work for say 20 hours per week with help from family or social services should receive the same payment ?
do you think the tax payer will be happy to pay for a care worker to care for your family member to allow you to go out and work and still receive the carers allowance .

like JANE i work full time 24/7 and all i get is the carers alowance unlike her family i cant claim any benefits at all because i have a private occupational pension therefore i am paying towards the old dolls care.

Private occupational pensions should be disregarded that would allow carers like myself to claim council tax relief , housing benefit , free prescriptions and so on.

we have had reviews till they are coming out of our ears we dont need another review or report just act on what has been announced in the previous reviews .

AND LETS NOT FORGET THE ONE BIG CLOUD HANGING OVER US IS THE REMOVAL OF ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE I CAN SEE IT COMING ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE TO GO BUT SOME CARERS WILL GET A RISE OF £70 SO NOWT WOULD CHANGE WE MUST KEEP THE ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE .

750-000 CARERS IN RECEIPT OF CARERS ALLOWANCE
1.3 MILLION ELDERLY DISABLED PENSIONERS RECEIVE ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE .

iam convinced that to ask for all six million carers to be paid a living wage will be a non starter no government can ever afford such a massive payment even if we do save the state billions of quid