Speaking in a debate at Westminster Barbara called on the Government to rethink the reforms and cuts they are making which will hit the incomes of carers of disabled people.
The debate focussed on issues like the cap on benefits and the loss of disability benefits in the Conservative-led Government’s planned reform of the welfare system. These are among changes which could hit carers as well as the family members they care for. For example, carers of an adult disabled child will be hit by the new benefit cap as their adult child is considered to be in a different household.
Many carers’ benefits are dependent on disability benefits being awarded to the person being cared for. The Government intends to cut some disability benefits by 20%, which means that many disabled people currently receiving benefits, and their carers, will no longer receive the financial support they need.
“Many carers have given up work or reduced their hours to care and many already face financial hardship. Carers can be forced to give up work because care services are not flexible enough or the person they care for does not qualify for them.
“When carers already give so much, I question whether anyone believes it is fair to hit them with further cuts that will make life even harder for them. I have called on the Conservative-led Government to rethink their reforms and make sure that carers are not penalised further through cuts or reforms.”