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Carers UK seeks clarification on free care in parliamentary debate

11 December 2009
With the Second Reading of the Bill, which will make personal care free to people most in need in their homes, Carers UK is seeking clarification from Government about carers.

With the Second Reading of the Personal Care at Home Bill in Parliament on Monday 14 December, Carers UK is seeking clarification from Government about how the Bill will work and will help carers.

Carers UK has welcomed the Bill which will invest £670 million in making personal care free of charge to those most in need in their own homes. Research by Carers UK has found families struggling to pay charges for care - often leaving them in poverty as a result. In the survey , Carers in Crisis, 66% of carers providing round the clock care were spending down their savings to pay for care, 74% of carers in the same sample were struggling to pay essential utility bills and 52% were cutting back on food to make ends meet.

Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs said, "The premise of the Bill is very welcome and it is something that carers have been asking for from Government for years - to reduce the costs of care by making it free of charge. The critical issue now, is what the Bill will mean in practice. We do not want to see families disadvantaged because they provide personal care as it is the right thing to do for the person they care for, but who need help in other ways."

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