Steve calls for better support for the UK’s six million unpaid carers

 

Steve is supporting this year’s Carers Week (18-24 June) and wants to recognise the huge contribution made by those people in Birmingham and throughout the UK who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled. The work they carry out is vital for their families and friends, and for their communities.

 

The theme for Carers Week 2012 is ‘In sickness and in health” recognising the strain families are under as they see their services cut back. It calls for better financial and practical support for the diverse range of people who have caring responsibilities.

 

Research carried out in 2012 found that carers are at breaking point:

 

  • 47 per cent of unpaid  carers said they were made ill by money worries
  • 45 per cent of unpaid carers said that caring had pushed them into debt¹

 

 

Steve McCabe said:

“More than £1 billion has been cut from local council budgets for older people’s social care since the Tory-led Government came to power.

 

“I am really worried about the increased pressure being put on our carers as the effects of the Government’s cuts to local services start to bite.

 

“Thousands of people in my constituencysacrifice not only their time, but also their money and their health in order to care for a loved one. Together they save this country an incredible £119 billion every year. It’s vital that carers are offered regular breaks from caring and health checks so that they can be supported.”

 

 

Carers Week is organised by a partnership of 8 national charities: Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society, and Parkinson’s UK. For more information about local events and activities visit www.carersweek.org.

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