5,000 carers in Cardiff to receive Carers Bonus under Lib Dems

2014 Gorffenaf 3 2:57 PM

Jenny Willott MP at carers stall

5,010 carers in Cardiff will receive a bonus worth up to £250-a-year under a Liberal Democrat government, it has been announced.

The no strings attached Carer's Bonus will help more than one million people across the UK who look after disabled loved-ones.

The annual payment will help full-time carers get a bit of extra help and it recognises the invaluable contribution they make to society.

Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central Jenny Willott said:

"I know how tirelessly carers work in my constituency. From talking to those with experience of caring, I know that one of the most important things to them is getting a break every now and again.

"That is why the Liberal Democrats will introduce a Carer's Bonus if we are in government again after the General Election next year.

"We will not dictate to carers what they do with it - Liberal Democrats believe people should be free to choose how to spend their money in the way that will most benefit them and the people they care for."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

"Carers are Britain's unsung heroes. Up and down the country behind closed doors, you'll find a hidden army of carers doing amazing things every day.

"It is estimated that six in ten of us will at some point in our lives find ourselves caring for someone else - an elderly relative, a sick child, a friend who needs our support.

"These are people who deserve our support even in straightened times, which is why the Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a Carer's Bonus to give them a little extra help.

"It's completely up to the carers themselves how they spend it - it's a no strings attached bonus from a party that is grateful for the superhuman work they do."

The bonus would be worth £125 at the start of the next parliament and would rise to £250-a-year by 2020, with around 1.1 million people eligible.

The annual bonus would be available to anyone who receives the Carer's Allowance or the Carer's Premium.

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