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Carers UK responds to leaked plans for welfare cuts

27 March 2015

Responding to reports from the BBC that the DWP has drawn up plans that would see a tightening of eligibility for Carer’s Allowance:

Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy at Carers UK said;

"Carers UK represents all carers providing unpaid support for disabled, ill and frail relatives and friends. The value of their support, overall is worth a staggering £119bn a year yet caring can come at a huge personal cost to carers placing a strain on finances as well as health and wellbeing.

Carer’s Allowance is the lowest benefit of its kind paid to people who have largely given up work to care for their relatives who are disabled or chronically sick.  To get the benefit they have to be providing at least 35 hours of unpaid care per week.   

Our research shows that over one third of carers could not afford to pay utility bills and 45% were cutting back on food.

Carers have made it very clear that they need more financial support not less and this needs to the priority of any future Government. "

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