Pay carers same rate as pension, say MPs

    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.

    – Carers Week survey from and the
    Princess Royal Trust for Carers survey from

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