Carers UK has published a manifesto on behalf of unpaid family and friend carers calling for the next government to change the way our society supports and recognises carers, so that they can continue to care for family and friends whilst also living a fulfilling life.
Carers UK wants all political parties to commit to putting unpaid carers at the heart of a reformed and sustainable adult social care system.
The manifesto includes seven priorities for unpaid carers. These priorities are based on years of evidence, consultation and involvement with unpaid carers, including more than 7,500 carers who completed Carers UK’s State of Caring Survey 2019.
The priorities are:
- For carers to be placed at the heart of a reformed and properly funded social care system;
- To ensure that carers and their families don’t suffer financial hardship as a result of caring;
- For funding for carers’ breaks to be increased, ring-fenced and made more transparent;
- To have a National Health Service that recognises, values and supports carers.
- To ensure carers are able to juggle work and care or have support to return to work alongside or after caring;
- That a strategy or action plan is in place to support carers; and
- To raise public awareness of carers and caring.
You can read more about them in the manifesto document – Carers’ UK Manifesto for Carers.
Carers in Hertfordshire is an affiliate member of Carers UK and has conducted its own local State of Caring Survey, the results of which can be viewed via this link – State of Caring in Hertfordshire 2018.
We are also gathering carers’ views about their priorities and questions for Hertfordshire’s parliamentary candidates and their wider parties. We are holding a Hustings event in Hatfield on Thursday 5th December with the candidates standing in Welwyn Hatfield. The event will take place from 10.30am to 12.30pm (tea or coffee from 10.15am and light sandwich lunch after). The event will include a five minute presentation from each candidate and then a question and answer session. Already confirmed to attend are Rosie Newbigging (Labour), Grant Shapps (Conservative) and Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrat). We are waiting to hear from Oliver Sayers the Green Party candidate.
If you wish to submit a question please email us at and if you wish to attend please call 01992 58 69 69 or email the above address with the subject line ‘Hustings’ and provide your full name and contact details.
In addition, we will be gathering carers’ comments about their three main priorities for central government that they can put to parliamentary candidates at our Carers Rights Day events. The events take place in Ware and Hemel Hempstead on Thursday (21st November 2019).