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
    £79.60.

    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 www.carersweek.org and the
    Princess Royal Trust for Carers survey from www.carers.org

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