Barbara and Usdaw, the trade union at the forefront of campaigning for working carers, both welcomed the government's launch of the Carers Review.
This included £150m funding for more respite care and short breaks for carers, as well as the commitment that carers will be supported so that they are not forced into financial hardship by their caring role.
At a meeting In Westminster, Barbara listened to working carers talking about their difficulties juggling work and care and about the financial hardships that they face.
“Working carers do a difficult job and I will give them as much help as I can. I am working with Ministers to help ensure that carers receive more financial support and to make sure that the benefits system helps carers to enter or stay in paid employment or full-time education. I would like to see an increase in Carers Allowance and I feel the benefit should extend to people who earn up to £250 a week. This is an issue on which I plan to campaign in the weeks ahead."