Unpaid carers are being urged by Carers UK to share their own personal experiences of caring during the COVID-19 pandemic with their local MPs and the Government as part of its New Deal for Carers campaign.
Carers UK suggests that carers write to their MP as well as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, to tell them of their experiences of caring and the challenges they face, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.
The hope is the government will introduce measures to support unpaid family and friend carers, including:
• Making sure that carers can take breaks and that the return of essential services is prioritised.
• Providing clear guidance, information, and advice specifically for carers.
• Raising the level of Carer’s Allowance.
• Ensuring that carers are better able to juggle work and care and remain in work; and
• Providing sufficient funding for social care over the winter.
Longer-term, Carers UK wants carers to be placed at the heart of a reformed and sustainable social care system that provides more support to both those giving and receiving care.