Huppert pays tribute in the Commons to Britain’s army of carers

12 June, 2013 No Comments

MP Julian Huppert has paid tribute to the 60,000 plus carers across Cambridgeshire and those nationally in the House of Commons as the country celebrates National Carers’ Week.

He was praised by Prime Minister, David Cameron who told him that his tribute was spoken not only for the House but also for the whole country because Britain’s carers do an “amazing job”.

Julian asked Mr Cameron during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons today (Wednesday, June 12): “Will the Prime Minister join me in paying tribute to the huge commitment  that thousands of carers make day in day out to care for ill, frail or disabled family members, friends or partners, often unrecognised and without financial assistance and will he sign up to the Carers’ Week recommendations from the ‘Prepared to Care?’ report?”

Mr Cameron replied: “The Honorable Member speaks for the whole House and indeed the whole country in praising Britain’s carers. They do an amazing job and if they stopped caring the cost to the taxpayer would be phenomenal; so we should do what we can to support our carers, to make sure they get the respite breaks, the breaks from caring they need, to go on doing the wonderful work they do.”

Julian said later: “We owe such a debt of gratitude to the men and women and of course children who care for elderly and disabled relatives, friends and neighbours often while holding down jobs outside the home or keeping up with school work.

“We must recognise that work, not only during National Carers’ Week but throughout the year, and make sure they get the financial and practical support they need. Without this army of carers our society would struggle to help the sick and the vulnerable who rely on this support.”

Helen Clarke, Carers Week Manager said: “It was absolutely fantastic to hear Julian raise in the House the importance of the work done by the UK’s 6.5 million carers and to have his support for the Prepared to Care campaign.

“Julian has shown that his is prepared to care and raising awareness is so important if our carers are to get the support they need.”

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