Responding to the new report from Carers UK, ‘Unseen and undervalued’, which was published this week and puts the value of care provided by unpaid carers during the Covid-19 pandemic at £530 million a day, Rob Rotchell, Lib Dem Cabinet member for Adults at Cornwall Council said:
“Unpaid carers are doing a remarkable and important job in very difficult circumstances. They deserve our support, but as this report from Carers UK shows, carers are unseen and undervalued by this Conservative Government.
“Many carers are facing extreme financial hardship during this pandemic. They have been struggling for months, often relying on foodbanks to feed themselves and the people they care for.
“That’s why Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council are calling on the Government to support unpaid carers by immediately raising Carer’s Allowance by £1,000 a year. Liberal Democrats will stand up for carers and lead the way to a more caring society.”
Lib Dem Leader, Ed Davey, said:
“900,000 full-time unpaid carers rely on Carer’s Allowance – but at just £67.25 a week, it’s not nearly enough. More than a third of those on Carer’s Allowance are struggling to make ends meet. Many have been struggling for months, often relying on foodbanks to feed themselves and the people they care for.
“I’ve been a carer for much of my life. First as a teenager, nursing my mum during her long battle against bone cancer. Later for my Nanna, organising her care and trying to make her last few years as comfortable as we could. And now as a father, as Emily and I care for our disabled son John.
“I know how tough it can be.
“Whether you are the parent of a disabled child, a young carer or you look after an elderly family member, Coronavirus has made it even tougher.
“Most carers are spending even more time looking after loved ones during the pandemic. Most haven’t been able to take a single break since it started. Most are simply exhausted.
“I am determined that the Liberal Democrats will lead the way to a more caring society as we emerge from this pandemic. I will speak up for the nine million carers in our country and be their voice.”