Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Letter: YOUR SHOUT: Pay Carers, Not the Local Authorities

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Letter: YOUR SHOUT: Pay Carers, Not the Local Authorities

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Byline: MRS ELIZABETH LOWERY

PRIME Minister Gordon Brown has said yet again he wants a fair and just society. He wants pensioners who suffered during the years of the Second World War to be able to keep their own homes.

I am a veteran and served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service, 1940 to 1945.

Aged 85, I now rely on a family member to care for me full-time. My carer is in receipt of only one benefit, Carers' Allowance, which is the lowest benefit payable at pounds 50 per week. To qualify, the claimant must prove that they do, in fact, work for a minimum of 35 hours per week. Over the last 3 months two reviews reported the Carers' Allowance was too low and should be raised to reflect not just the work that carers do, but to reward them for the money they save the NHS, some pounds 87bn.

The Government's response is to move all carers on to the Job Seekers' Allowance, where they will be encouraged to find work. …

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