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  • Highlighting carers’ difficulties

    by Rumbold
    11th March, 2009 at 12:59 pm    

    Recently I wrote about the problems facing many disabled children in obtaining help from the state. Now an article has highlighted some of the issues faced by carers too. I think that the following is especially relevant:

    “As a carer, I have had to reduce my paid working hours to cope with all these extra demands on my time. Because I earn more than a pittance I am not eligible for carer’s allowance - or anything else from our local authority. If he could get a job, my husband would not be eligible for disabled person’s working tax credits. This feels like “heads we lose, tails they win”.”

    Once again, this is a barrier to work. Many disabled adults have the same problem. They want to work longer, but know that they cannot cope with the withdrawal of their disability benefits. Whilst no system can be perfect, surely one can be devised which allows disabled people and carers to work for longer and earn what they want without losing their benefits? Carers probably cannot work full-time because there would be questions about whether or not they could be classified as carers, but it would be good if the system was made more flexible. Many disabled people face enough problems as it is, whether from abuse or misinformation.

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    1. Arif — on 14th March, 2009 at 2:24 pm  

      The issues can be seen in many ways, but I want to mention 2:

      1. Means tested benefits not only cause injustices, they reduce the political support for welfare provision and the sense of equal citizenship. Universal benefits would help.

      2. Carers’ burdens could be easier if there was time, energy and trust enough for us to know our neighbours and help one another. In some areas such support exists, in some it doesn’t.

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