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A Budget for the carers?

29 October 2018

Commenting on Budget 2018, Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK said:

Opening his Budget 2018 the Chancellor promised ‘a budget for the strivers, the grafters and the carers’. There are some measures that will ease the pressure on some families and these are to be welcomed. But, the Chancellor has failed to make the spending commitments to improving financial support for unpaid carers or the investment in the care services that are absolutely crucial for them and their families.

Though less than half what is to fill current gap, the immediate increase in social care spending for the next two will bring some temporary respite for local authorities who are unable to meet growing need and are reducing  spending on support for carers. Without a medium term funding commitment or the agreement on the long term future of our social care system, this money cannot provide the reassurance and back-up that families so badly need.

Further measures announced to Universal Credit will make a difference to those with low earnings and further transitional protections for those currently receiving the Severe Disability Premium look like welcome changes.

It is imperative that the Government’s Green Paper and Spending Review put in place the funding that families need to care; sustainably funded care services, increase in carers’ benefits and new work place rights to enable more people to combine caring with paid work.


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