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Carers could get 'care credits' - Carers UK Forum

Carers could get 'care credits'

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Has any one else seen this ? What do you think, will it help in the future? Will we be able to claim 'backdated' credit fgor past careing years?

A scheme allowing people who help the elderly or disabled to earn time credits for their own care later in life is being considered by ministers.

The Government is examining whether a form of the care credit system, which successfully operates in Japan, could also work in the UK. It lets volunteer carers "bank" the hours they spend helping out in their personal time account, for use by themselves later in life or for someone else they choose.

Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said the Government was looking at ways to "enable communities to take social care responsibilities on for themselves".

He told the BBC: "What they do in Japan is effectively a way of people sharing their time and giving of their time to make a difference for people in different parts of the country.

"We have some of those schemes here in the UK such as time banks, and what we are doing is making sure we take some of those lessons learnt in Japan and transfer them to our own domestic circumstances."

In Japan, a system called Hureai Kippu - literally translated as "Caring Relationship Tickets" - was established in 1991. It has since been expanding as a way of helping to manage the country's increasing elderly population.

Different kinds of tasks earn different amounts of credits. More credit is given for helping at anti-social hours or with personal body care, while household chores and shopping earn less.

The credits are available to the volunteers themselves later in life, or to someone else they choose, either in or outside their family.

Voluntary groups warned that carers must be properly trained and that access to proper care is a right for all elderly people.

The Government is due to outline details of care service reforms in a upcoming public health White Paper.
The government could never repay the amount of care 24/7 carers supply or compensate us for the lives we have given up. Does this mean the end for carers allowance then - or is it under threat because of the benefit changes anyway?

I think this should be part of rosemary's topic
I will move them over Jimbo

Locking this one