Charity welcomes Lib Dem plan to pay carers’ bonus

This Is Wiltshire: Swindon Carers chief executive Cath Johnston, right, with, left to right, John Beale, Russ Francis and Sandra Chapman Swindon Carers chief executive Cath Johnston, right, with, left to right, John Beale, Russ Francis and Sandra Chapman

A CHARITY in Swindon has welcomed the deputy prime minister’s pledge to offer unpaid carers an annual bonus if Lib Dem remain in power after the next general election, but still believes more should be done to support those who give up their careers to look after a loved one.

Nick Clegg vowed one million carers would be given an extra £250 a year from the Government under Lib Dem leadership.

The extra money would be paid in cash to carers, who would be free to spend it as they wished.

It would be available to anyone who has been receiving Carer’s Allowance for at least a year.

Although delighted to see carers’ roles recognised, Cath Johnston, chief executive of Swindon Carers Centre, said many questions remained to be answered about concrete plans.

“Anything that helps to recognise carers is a great thing, but it’s quite a small thing in the grand scheme of things,” she said. “More needs to be done to support our unpaid carers, particularly from a financial point of view.

“This is for carers who care for someone for more than 35 hours a week. My question is ‘Is it going to impact their other benefits?’ It might have a knock-on effect. When a statement is made it might seem great but the devil is in the detail. We need to find out what it really means.”

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9:42am Sat 5 Jul 14

nigelej says...

A step in the right direction but should be embarrassed at what is paid for a career .
A step in the right direction but should be embarrassed at what is paid for a career . nigelej
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10:07am Sat 5 Jul 14

MrAngry says...

£250 million split between 1 million carers works out at £250 per carer per year. Hardly life changing.
£250 million split between 1 million carers works out at £250 per carer per year. Hardly life changing. MrAngry
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11:32am Sat 5 Jul 14

nigelej says...

MrAngry wrote:
£250 million split between 1 million carers works out at £250 per carer per year. Hardly life changing.
And if the person your care ing for I'd on ESA then they will probably deduct it from that . So nothing coming there way then .
[quote][p][bold]MrAngry[/bold] wrote: £250 million split between 1 million carers works out at £250 per carer per year. Hardly life changing.[/p][/quote]And if the person your care ing for I'd on ESA then they will probably deduct it from that . So nothing coming there way then . nigelej
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11:52am Sat 5 Jul 14

Melgee says...

Will there actually be any Lib. Dem. MP's after the next general election?
Will there actually be any Lib. Dem. MP's after the next general election? Melgee
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11:14am Sun 6 Jul 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Its a nice gesture but that is all it is, there will almost certainly be reductions in other benefits for the person being cared for.
A friend of mine cares for a relative who needs almost constant care in order to claim the £55 per week would reduce his relatives by over £85 and this is the case for so many others.

Like so many other statements by gov its cosmetic how many times will we re-elect these fools and allow them to fail repeatedly and waste our money. Far more examples of waste to the point of suspected corruption than success stories.
Has anything been completed in the town within budget or on time ever?
Its a nice gesture but that is all it is, there will almost certainly be reductions in other benefits for the person being cared for. A friend of mine cares for a relative who needs almost constant care in order to claim the £55 per week would reduce his relatives by over £85 and this is the case for so many others. Like so many other statements by gov its cosmetic how many times will we re-elect these fools and allow them to fail repeatedly and waste our money. Far more examples of waste to the point of suspected corruption than success stories. Has anything been completed in the town within budget or on time ever? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 2
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