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Carers Week 7–13 June 2021

June 7, 2021 7:30 AM
By Ellen Nicholson

Carers Week is brought to life by individuals, groups and organisations coming together from around the UK. This year, people across the four nations are continuing to face challenges as a result of COVID-19. Many people and current carers took on even more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older who need help, but some carer support services have been withdrawn due to the pandemic.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

This year Carers are coming together to Make Caring Visible and Valued.

Get involved in Carers Week 2021 Carers week ()

Liberal Democrats have been at the forefront fighting for carers to receive recognition and a raise to the carers allowance. During this terrible pandemic, our carers have been more important than ever. Yet carers are still often forgotten or ignored by those in power.

We know that carers - paid and unpaid, young and old - do a remarkable and important job, often unseen and unheard. They deserve our support but are far too often forgotten and ignored. Liberal Democrats are committed to stand up for carers and lead the way to a more caring society as we emerge from this pandemic.

Ellen Nicholson, South West Wiltshire's spokesperson said "People in Wiltshire looking after loved ones during Covid are doing a remarkable job, in hugely difficult circumstances, they deserve much more support. "Millions of unpaid carers have faced serious financial hardship during the pandemic, and the Government's plan for just an extra 5p a day is frankly insulting. (The Government announced that on 12th April 2021 the benefit, currently £67.25 a week, will increase by 35p to £67.60 a week. The rise equates to just half of 1%).

"That's why Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to support carers properly, by raising Carer's Allowance by £1,000 a year immediately, in line with the uplift in Universal Credit. Carers Week ()

Our fight to support carers (libdems.org.uk)