Cambridge’s 8,870 carers are contributing to billions of pounds worth of savings for the taxpayer and yet fail to receive enough support, claims MP Julian Huppert, as he marks Carer’s Rights Day.
He says carers are the unsung heroes of society and the government should be doing more to help them and recognise the outstanding work they do.
“Every year almost 3,000 people in Cambridge start looking after family and friends,” said Julian, “and they don’t receive anywhere near the support they should for the amount of time they give up or the impact it has on their everyday lives. We can do better than this.
“That’s why the Lib Dems have put together a carers’ package in our pre-manifesto to make sure they we recognise how valuable carers are to our country.”
The package includes raising the amount carers can earn before losing their allowance.
It also contains measures for more flexible working hours, support in returning to the jobs market and a scheme informing carers of their rights and giving them access to facilities.
This follows Lib Dem plans announced earlier this year to introduce an annual Carer’s Bonus of up to £250.
“It’s time we really started valuing carers and the amount of time they give up,” said Julian. “They contribute so much often while looking after children and holding down a job outside the home.”