The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to “give carers a break”, by giving councils immediate emergency funding which will trigger a significant Barnet consequential for the Welsh Government. This will allow them to provide the support services unpaid carers need to take a weekly break.
More than 6,300 people in Aberconwy are looking after elderly, disabled or vulnerable people during the Covid pandemic.
In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, Ed Davey highlights research from Carers UK showing that nationally:
- 64% of carers have not been able to take any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic,
- 74% feel exhausted and worn out as a result of caring during Covid, and
- 44% say they are reaching breaking point.
In Wales the problem is particularly acute with an almost over 30,000 young people under the age of 25 acting as carers for their families including thousands under the age of 18.
The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Chancellor to provide to provide more funding in his Budget on 3rd March, any funding released will have a knock on increase in funding for the Welsh Government.
Launching the campaign, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:
“Our wonderful carers deserve more support, but they are too often forgotten and ignored by people in power.
“The Chancellor mustn’t ignore carers any longer. He must provide emergency funding now, to finally give carers a break.
“Liberal Democrats are working to build a more caring society as we emerge from this pandemic.”
Rhys Jones, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Aberconwy added:
“People in Aberconwy looking after their loved ones are doing a remarkable and important job in very difficult circumstances.
“Aberconwy’s unpaid carers have taken on dramatically increased caring responsibilities during this pandemic. Most haven’t been able to take a single break since the pandemic started. Most are simply exhausted.
“The situation is doubly painful for those under the age of 18 who have to care for their loved ones as they are not given access to the Carer’s Allowance, without their parents or guardians being stripped of child benefits as a result.
“Liberal Democrats are standing up for carers and calling on the Government to give them a break.”