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Carers Poverty Charter - Carers UK Forum

Carers Poverty Charter

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Tomorrow morning on BBC Breakfast we are launching a Carers poverty charter. This is basically the next stage of our campaign on benefits and income.

This charter is mainly aimed at getting organisations to publicly back the issue. We want to show government (and the oppostion parties) that it isn't just Carers UK shouting about this. This is part of gearing up towards our Election campaigning where we will be targetting all the main parties.

We are launching tomorrow with the backing of 8 other charities and we want to build the support to hundreds of organisations. We also want the public to show their backing too.

The other charities backing it so far are Alzheimer's Society, Counsel and Care, Crossroads Caring for Carers, Every Disabled Child Matters, Mencap, Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Rethink and Vitalise.

Tomorrow on BBC breakfast they will be featuring it every hour. Imelda and Emily from Carers UK are appearing. Should be every hour from 6.10am

Add your support to the charter

What it says

[quote]We, the undersigned, call for an end to carer poverty.

In the National Strategy for Carers the government pledged that, by 2018 'carers will be supported so that they are not forced into financial hardship by their caring role.'

Carers cannot wait. Too many are living in poverty and financial hardship now - struggling to afford the basic costs of living, unable to study or work without their benefits being cut-off or facing the removal of their allowance when they start to claim their pension.

The UK's 6 million carers save the country an estimated £87 billion per year. In return, the main carer's benefit is the lowest of its kind, paid at only £53.10 a week for a minimum of 35 hours caring, equivalent to £1.52 per hour - far short of the national minimum wage of £5.73 per hour.

We call upon the government to set out an urgent timetable of action to improve carers' benefits and income. The carers' benefits system must]
This post belongs to George.Copying it here to keep it all in one place.
B.B.C. BREAKFAST TIME CARERS UK
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT`S DUE THEY DID MAKE A BETTER FIST OF IT TODAY AND FOR ONCE TALKED ABOUT THE CARERS ALLOWANCE OR LACK OF IT I WAS ALSO PLEASED TO SEE THAT THE WORD RESPITE WAS USED FOR CARERS WHO DO "GO OUT AND WORK" FOR THE £95 A WEEK ITS NOT ABOUT EARNING LOTS OF EXTRA CASH IT`S ALL ABOUT GETTING OUT THE HOUSE AND THE CHAIRMAN? OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE WAS RIGHT WHEN HE THOUGHT £150 EARNINGS LIMIT WOULD BE ABOUT RIGHT THATS 24 HOURS PER WEEK .
WHAT DID CONCERN ME WAS HIS STATEMENT RE AN INCREASE IN THE CARERS ALLOWANCE HE SAID THE BASIC ALLOWANCE SHOULD BE IN LINE WITH JOB SEEKERS ALLOWANCE WHICH IS NEARLY £70 PER WEEK BUT HE THEN SAID A SECOND ELEMENT AT ABOUT £60 COULD BE PAID TO COVER "COSTS , EXPENSES AND LOSS OF EARNINGS " I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THE HIGHER EXTRA PAYMENT WAS FOR "HEAVY END CARING" WHO CAN CLAIM LOSS OF EARNINGS PENSIONERS = NO THOSE WITH PRIVATE OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONS = NO THE UNEMPLOYED WHO BECOME CARERS =NO , AND JUST WHAT IS LOSS OF EARNINGS WILL IT BE BASED ON YOUR PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT MANY MAY HAVE BEEN ON MINIMUM WAGE OTHERS MAY HAVE BEEN EARNING £1-000 PER WEEK SO WILL IT BE A PAYMENT WHICH WILL PAY MORE IF YOU USED TO EARN MORE AND WE ALL KNOW ABOUT HOW TO CLAIM EXPENSES .

THE BASIC CLAIM RE NO CARER SHOULD BE IN POVERTY OR SUFFER FINANCIAL HARDSHIP JUST WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF POVERTY PENSIONERS HAVE PENSIONER CREDIT TO LIFT THEM OUT OF POVERTY THE FIGURE USED IS ABOUT £125 PER WEEK IF CARERS WORK FOR THE £95 LIMIT OR HAVE PRIVATE OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONS OR EVEN THE OLD AGE PENSION YOU WILL NOT BE IN POVERTY THEREFORE WILL YOU GET ANY EXTRA HELP I DOUBT IT THE LEVEL OF CARERS ALLOWANCE SHOULD BE SET AT 1 LEVEL FOR CARERS WHO PROVIDE BASIC CARE 2ND LEVEL FOR AS THEY SAY HEAVY END 24/7 CONSTANT CARE.
This was from Alex
Better deal for Carers
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8064151.stm

send in your comments

I know CUK have said in their statement that they want the study rule abolished but the bbc seemed to have left that out
Send any comments/stories to

bbcbreakfast@bbc.co.uk
How can we check the progress of this charter, Matt?
Those interviewed on BBC so far ( might have missed some ).Good when you can record and fast forward Image

carer and his wife
Imelda
Emily
Neil Hunt - Alzheimers society
Terry Rooney - select committee
Jo Webber - NHS Alliance
Charities demand help for carers
By Simon Gompertz Personal finance correspondent, BBC News

Charities are demanding a better deal for the UK's army of unpaid carers. They have drawn up a carer's poverty charter, calling for improved benefits, including an increase on the weekly carer's allowance of £53.10.

Carers UK, Mencap and the Alzheimers Society are among nine leading charities behind the charter, which aims to end carer poverty.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8064369.stm


Call for 'better deal for carers'

Charities including Carers UK, Mencap and the Alzheimer's Society have called for a better deal for unpaid carers. The alliance of nine organisations wants an increase in the Carer's Allowance from £53.10 a week to the state pension level of £95.25. They also want a change in the current situation where people earning above £95 a week lose the benefit completely.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8064151.stm

(On that page there is also a video clip of Emily from Carers UK)

Over the weekend we were on BBC breakfast, BBC NEws 24 almost all day, plus the Today programme on Radio 4 and on Radio 5 live.
How can we check the progress of this charter, Matt?
I'll post updates on here as and when we have them.

The plan is to use the next few weeks to build up as many signatures as possible. We want carers to sign it, but mainly the point of this is to get other organisations both national and local to back it. We want at least a few hundred. (we already had 8,500 carers sign our postcards which we delierved to Gordon Brown in 2008)

We're also approaching businesses and trade unions, as well as Charities. Once we have a large consensus we'll present the charter to the government and to the other major political parties too. This is a precurser to working on influencing the next election.

Matt
Video clip of the BBC news report. If you look carefully during Imelda's interview you can see me in the background, pretending to do some work Image

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8064844.stm

And this is the link for Emily's interview
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8064916.stm
Here's our story on the launch of the charter,

http://www.carers.org/news/charities-de ... 20,NW.html

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