Wales ‘Let’s reward valued carers’

‘Let’s reward valued carers’

Feb 23 2012 by David Powell, North Wales Weekly News

CARERS who look after ill or frail relatives or friends should be rewarded with a discount card in shops, it was claimed yesterday.

The “Carer’s Card” idea is set to be put to Conwy County Council – in an area which has the highest number of senior citizens proportionately in Wales – and could be extended across the country.

The proposal comes from Cllr Mike Priestley to reward these “unsung heroes”.

He said: “Carers are the unsung and in most cases unpaid heroes in our societies across Wales and the UK. They save the NHS and local authorities hundreds of millions of pounds each year.”

He added: “I believe that a carer’s card would be seen as a small token of our appreciation for the job that they do – countless hours each week.”

The card could work in a similar way to that of a student card. Shops and restaurants could offer a discount to the holder.

Cllr Priestley intends to put a motion to the next available full Conwy CB Council meeting. This card could be administered by local authorities if the Welsh Government supports the idea. He suggests it could be paid for from the money carers save the NHS and local authorities, and be extended across Wales.

The Welsh Government couldn’t comment in detail. But it said it was taking steps to help carers in other ways.

The Carers Strategies (Wales) Regulations 2011 were unanimously approved by the National Assembly, just before Christmas, to ensure that carers’ information and consultation needs are met.

One Response to Wales ‘Let’s reward valued carers’

  1. There are many cash back offers and discounts being offered to certain groups, students etc by the business sector. Surely the business sector could be approached to deliver this scheme and I am sure many of them would give a discount to carers in return for their custom

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