We have organised a General Election Hustings for unpaid carers in the Welwyn Hatfield area so they can hear from and question the candidates in the Welwyn Hatfield constituency.
The event will take place at Birchwood Leisure Centre, Hatfield, on Thursday 5th December 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm. It is for unpaid carers and places are limited so booking with us is essential.
All candidates are set to attend - Rosie Newbigging (Labour), The Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps (Conservative), Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrat), and Oliver Sayers (Green Party).
Each candidate will give a presentation about themselves and their policies, including those relating to health and social care. Then they will answer carers’ (submitted in advance).
Michèle Stokes, our Chief Executive, said: “There are around 11,000 unpaid carers in Welwyn Hatfield (about 9% of the population) and we want to make sure they have the chance to have their voices heard by the parliamentary candidates. We urge the parliamentary candidates to remember the hugely important role of carers.”
To help carers’ make the most of the election on 12th December 2019, we have been asking carers’ about their priorities for Central Government in relation to caring. They would like the Government to:
• Ensure that carers and their families do not suffer financial hardship as a result of caring by raising Carer’s Allowance, allowing carers to earn more before they are not entitled to the benefit (currently it’s £123 a week), and reviewing the reasons for it stopping at pension age.
• Introduce tax relief for carers towards the cost of care or care homes; and
• Help carers juggle work and caring by requiring employers to provide paid carers leave for five – 10 days per year.
If you would like to attend the hustings event please call us on 01992 58 69 69 or book on our website via our events page.