Commenting on today’s announcement Carers UK’s Director of Policy, Emily Holzhausen said:
“The rise in the earnings threshold is welcome and will enable more people to keep the financial support and important recognition Carer’s Allowance brings and remain in paid employment.
The rise in National Living Wage though good news, has brought difficult decisions for carers by affecting their eligibility for Carer’s Allowance. This has trapped many, already struggling to get by, in a revolving door, moving on and off Carer’s Allowance.
Removing disincentives for people to work and care means more carers can stay in touch with the labour market improving their financial security in the short and longer term. The increase announced today goes some way to address this but the Government must go further when it publishes it’s
Carer’s Strategy next year. Carers UK will continue to call on the Government to guarantee that future rises in the National Living Wage are linked to an equivalent rise in the earnings threshold that allows people to work for at least 16 hours.”
I have great fondness for Emily, but I would not use the words "welcome" or "stay in touch with the Labour market" in the context of a derisory and meaningless change like this.
As a working carer, I would not get out of bed for £116 a week, and I strongly doubt that Emily would either.
I might settle for £300 a week and then a taper. Our non-elected Lords get that simply for clocking in one day a week: nice money if you can get it.
Here is my proposed redraft of her Press Release:
“The rise in the earnings threshold is derisory and will continue to exclude millions of carers from contributing to society through paid employment.
The rise in National Living Wage, though good news for some, has made no difference at all for carers. This continues to trap many, already struggling to get by, in a revolving door, moving on and off Carer’s Allowance.
It is laughable to imagine that carers are willing to play along with these Poverty Olympics. The increase announced today goes no way to address this problem, but the Government must do a complete U turn when it publishes its' Carer’s
Strategy next year. Carers UK will continue to demand that the Government ensures that Carers who contribute so much to society are not penalised in any way by continuing to work and claim Carers Allowance”
By the way, it is its' (the possessive) not it's. (an abbreviation for it is) (sic)
And it is Strategy for Carers, or Carers' Strategy not "Carer's Strategy". The strategy is plural, not singular.
I despair sometimes, I really do ... just the simple basics ... schoolgirl stuff.
We need to show greater respect for the humble apostrophe if we are to make friends and influence people.