Councillors from the Welsh Liberal Democrat-Green Group on Powys County Council have tabled a ‘Stand Up For Carers’ motion urging the Conservative/Independent administration to support all carers in Powys.
The motion would require the Council to formally write to Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, demanding that he raise Carer’s Allowance by £20 per week in line with a comparable rise in Universal Credit, as well as launching an awareness campaign to inform unpaid carers of their right to claim Carer’s Allowance and how to do so.
Commenting, Jackie Charlton, Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor for Llangattock said:
“Carers – paid and unpaid, young, and old – do a remarkable and important job. They sacrifice so much, often including careers. They are an integral part of the Powys community. They deserve our support but are far too often forgotten and ignored. Our aim is to change that.”
Talgarth Councillor and Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate for Brecon & Radnorshire, William Powell added:
“The number of unpaid carers in Powys is amongst the highest anywhere in Wales. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they have contributed more than ever before, but their efforts have largely gone ignored and unrewarded. Many of these unsung heroes are facing financial hardship and are having to rely on food banks to feed themselves. It is time to stand up for carers.”
Alison Alexander, Montgomeryshire Liberal Democrat spokesperson and Senedd candidate, said:
“The pandemic has taught us that we need to re-consider the value of many roles. Unpaid carers being one of them. One of the most difficult roles to fulfil; it is simply immoral that it receives one of the lowest benefits of its category.”
Emily Durrant, Green Party Councillor for Llangors said:
“At a meagre £67.25 per week, Carer’s Allowance is the lowest benefit of it’s kind. This is disgraceful, and especially because carer’s face financial hardship because of the unpaid work they do for others.”