An increase in the carers allowance to the level of the basic state
pension has been called for by MPs in a move timed to draw
attention to Carers Week.
The early day motion, which is being put by Labour MP Bill Tynan,
proposes to raise carers allowance from £44.35 a week to
Carers charities warned that more needed to be done to protect the
health of carers. Failure to do so could leave the NHS unable to
cope with the consequences – UK carers save the government
£57bn a year.
Almost half of 1,000 carers surveyed by the Princess Royal Trust
for Carers said they had health problems. More than one-third of
the carers also said they had depression.
The four charities supporting Carers Week – Carers UK, Crossroads
Caring for Carers, the MS Society and the Princess Royal Trust for
Carers – are writing to primary care trusts urging them to improve
the services they provide for carers.