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More needs to be done to help Cardiff Central’s 7,087 carers – Jenny Willott

December 2, 2014 12:25 PM
Originally published by Jenny Willott MP

Jenny Willott MP at carers stall

Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, has said that more needs to be done to support the 7,087 carers in Cardiff Central who are unsung heroes of the system.

New research by Carers UK shows that there are 2,320 people who begin caring annually in Cardiff Central and there are around 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK who provide care and support to family, friends and neighbours, saving the country an estimated £119 billion each year.

The Liberal Democrats have created a package of measures to support carers as part of their pre-manifesto, which includes raising the amount carers can earn before losing their allowance. It also contains measures for more flexible working hours, support in returning to the jobs market and a scheme informing carers of their rights and giving them access to facilities.

Earlier this year the Lib Dems announced plans to introduce an annual Carer's Bonus of up to £250.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP, said:

"There are thousands of carers in Cardiff Central and they all do a remarkable job. We need to make sure they receive the support they need. Carers contribute so much to our economy and society we want to make it easier for them to stay in work and balance their caring responsibilities with other parts of their lives.

"The Liberal Democrats believe in offering opportunity for everyone in order to build a stronger economy and a fairer societyand that means really valuing the work that informal carers do, day in day out."

Liberal Democrat Health Committee Co-Chair Paul Burstow said:

"Carers are the unsung heroes of our care system. In Government Liberal Democrats have legislated new rights to support and fund more breaks for carers. Our carer's package of measures recognises the huge contribution carers make. It aims to offer the right support at the right time to carers in work, when dealing with the NHS and financially."