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Helping carers to get the support and respite they need

November 28, 2014 12:01 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

To mark Carers Rights Day, Liberal Democrats are urging people who care for ill or disabled loved ones to find out about the financial and practical support they are entitled to.

Across the UK there are around 6.5m unpaid carers looking after family, friends and neighbours.

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These unsung heroes save the country an estimated £119bn a year, which is why Liberal Democrats want to give something back to those who dedicate their time to care for another person.

Carers fulfil a vital role in society but often go without the support they need because they are unaware of the provisions available to help them.

Under our manifesto plans, Liberal Democrats would support carers with a package of measures designed to make their lives easier.

This includes introducing an annual bonus of up to £250; support for more flexible working and a scheme informing carers of their rights and giving them access to facilities.