Two EDMs: Policy intentions toward Carers; Working Carers

EDM 128: New government’s policy intentions toward Carers  Hepburn, Stephen 02.06.2010

EDM 246: Working Carers  Cooper, Rosie 16.06.2010


From Carer Watch  |  15 June 2010

These next few weeks carers are going to be to the forefront with Carers Week imminent. Please take a few minutes to contact your MP and ask him/her to sign the following EDM. Please let Carer Watch know if your MP has signed.

EDM 128


Hepburn, Stephen

That this House calls on the Government to make an early statement on its policy intentions toward carers; notes the selfless hard work and commitment displayed by the approximately six million carers in the UK; recognises the incalculable difference carers make to the lives of their loved ones; acknowledges that carers save the country an estimated £87 billion each year; and supports an immediate review of the current carers allowance level.


EDM 246


Cooper, Rosie

That this House celebrates the valuable role performed by over six million carers in the UK, in the majority of cases without any financial recognition from the public purse, saving the country an estimated £87 billion per year; congratulates Carers UK for the valuable work it does in supporting carers and highlighting their needs during Carers Week; further congratulates the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers for its continued campaigning for a better deal for working carers; recognises that many carers need to work to make ends meet because Carer’s Allowance only pays £53.90 a week for a minimum of 35 hours caring; urges the Government to match the commitment of the 2008 National Carers Strategy to ensure that carers are not forced into financial hardship by their caring role and to support the recommendation of the Work and Pensions Select Committee 2008 report that ‘DWP should support adults who become carers during their working lives to combine work and care’; and therefore calls on the Government to remove the disincentive to work represented by the cliff-edge earnings threshold of £97 per week that prevents many carers from working at all and stops those in work from fulfilling their full working potential.


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