Carers Week (8-14 June) is an annual awareness campaign to bring caring right out into the open – recognising and celebrating the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK.
This Carers Week we want to draw attention to the brilliant local carers in our area who work tirelessly, often without recognition or support. The Liberal Democrats have repeatedly called for the Carer’s Allowance to be raised and for the number of hours required to qualify to be reduced. We would make it a legal duty for the NHS to identify carers to ensure unpaid carers have access to support and flexible visiting hours. We would also develop a Carer’s Passport to ensure carers are informed of their NHS rights.
Across the UK right now are around 6.5 million carers, looking after elderly, disabled or unwell, family and friends. As our population ages and people live longer, more and more of us will find ourselves becoming carers for those close to us. Many people don’t identify themselves as carers, they feel they are just doing what anyone else would so they don’t always know what support is available to them!
This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.
They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding.
If you want to find out more, or help support carers week by running a local event then have a look at the links below.
If you're reading this as a carer then thank you!