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MP calls for greater recognition for UK carers

MP calls for greater recognition for UK carers

8:00pm Saturday 21st May 2011

Tiverton MP Neil Parish has teamed up with TV presenter Angela Rippon to support this year’s Carers Week.

The week, which runs from June 13 to 19, recognises the contribution made by those people in Devon and throughout the UK who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.

Mr Neil met up with Angela at the House of Commons to pay tribute to carers, and to urge that they receive more support in their caring roles.

Week to highlight “true face of carers”

Week to highlight “true face of carers”

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Left to right: (front row) Lynn Hall, Elizabeth McPherson, Gina Culling, Sally Craggs, Julie Graves (back row) Yvonne Murphy, Jodie Peckitt, Neil Daniel, Avril Bartlett, Liz Brown

Published on Tuesday 17 May 2011 18:47

A WEEK of events will highlight and celebrate the contribution that carers make and provide greater support for those unaware of the services and benefits they may be entitled to.

Three in five people will be a carer at some point in their lives, meaning that one day the true face of a carer may be yours.

Carers receive £55.55 per week, the lowest benefit of its kind and only available for those who care more than 35 hours per week, equating to approximately £1.58 per hour.

Carers save the country £119bn a year


Carers save the country £119bn a year

UK’s 6 million carers make ‘massive contribution’ to society but are struggling as services and benefits are cut


Sherry Pugh and Terry Nichols and their sons. William has cerebral palsy and needs round the clock care. They work alternate shifts, so someone is always there for William.

Carers who look after relatives or friends are saving the nation £119bn a year, or almost as much as the entire cost of the NHS, according to the latest calculation by researchers.