Unpaid carers that receive Carer’s Allowance will continue to be paid the Allowance if they have a temporary break in their caring role due to either them or the person they care for self-isolating or being infected with coronavirus. Plus emotional support will also count towards as part of the 35 hours of care a week requirement.
With the current coronavirus lockdown and Carers Rights Day approaching (Thursday 26th November 2020) we are reaching out to unpaid carers to ensure they are identified, supported and aware of their rights.
We have joined the 75 organisations that have sent a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, The Rt Hon Therese Coffey MP, and Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, to call on the Government to raise Carer’s Allowance. This is part of Carer’s UK’s #FairerForCarers campaign and follows a similar letter sent in early July that has gone unanswered.
Hertfordshire County Council has shared some answers to frequently asked questions on Direct Payments.
A Hertfordshire carer is urging people to sign her petition calling to the Government to require builders and developers to include a quota of wheelchair accessible homes in their developments.
A £500 donation from the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund has been helping us connect with unpaid carers, particularly those over 70 or vulnerable, over phone and video during the COVID-19 lockdown.