The Princess Royal Trust Cheshire Carers Centre
On the Cheshire Carers Centre web pages www.carers.org/cheshire it provides information, advice and support to all unpaid Carers across Cheshire. As part of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers network, the Centre offers a countywide service with offices in Northwich, Macclesfield, Chester and Crewe. They work with statutory agencies and other voluntary organisations.
CARING with Confidence
CARING with Confidence is carrying out an extensive piece of research into the learning and training opportunities for carers in the north west of England.
Phase one will identify carers’ attitudes towards the learning and training opportunities they have participated in and what they would like to see more of. Phase two involves identifying what learning and training opportunities are offered to carers through local organisations and how they can be accessed.
This data will also contribute to a new online directory of services which will be launched. The initial phase of research is focused on carers and organisations based in northwest England before being extended to other parts of the country.
New Carer’s Credit
FROM 6 April 2010, the new Carer’s Credit will be introduced.
It is a National Insurance credit which will enable carers to build up qualifying years for the basic State Pension and additional State Pension. Those caring for disabled people for 20 hours, or more, a week will be able to get build up Carer’s Credit if:
- the person(s) they are looking after receives the middle or highest care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or any rate of Attendance Allowance (AA) or Constant Attendance Allowance (CAA); or;
- the person or persons have been certified by a health or social care professional as needing the level of care being provided.
People will need to apply for this new weekly credit, unless they are in receipt of Income Support (IS) because they are substantially engaged in caring, in which case Jobcentre Plus will notify the award of the credits. Carer’s Credit is a new National Insurance credit (not to be confused with a benefit payment) will mean thousands more carers will be able to build up their basic State Pension and State Second Pension. Bereavement Benefits for spouses and civil partners will also be protected.
To find out more about Carer’s Credit and how to apply go to www.direct.gov.uk/en/CaringForSomeone/MoneyMatters/DG_1003811 or contact the Carer’s Allowance Unit on 0845 608 4321)
Carers UK (England)
Carers UK is the voice of carers. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after a family member, friend or partner. Carers give so much to society yet as a consequence of caring, they can experience ill health, poverty and discrimination. Carers UK is an organisation of carers fighting to end this injustice. We will not stop until people recognise the true value of carers’ contribution to society and carers get the practical, financial and emotional support they need.
New strategy for carers
Carers at the heart of 2Ist century families and communities
The Government recently launched its new 10 year strategy for carers.
The Carers' Strategy sets out the Government's short-term agenda and long-term vision for the future care and support of carers. Key elements of the strategy include:
- New Break Provision: An extra £150 million for respite provision over the next two years, effectively doubling the amount of respite care.
- Employment and skills: Up to £38 million to enable carers to be better able to combine paid work with their caring role. Employers will be encouraged to offer flexible working opportunities for carers re-entering the job market after their caring role has ended.
- Training programme for carers: The programme aims to empower and enable carers in their caring role, by informing them of their rights, services available, providing information and offer training, all of which will be designed to benefit the whole family.
- Young Carers: There will be a £3.4 million investment into services for young carers, designed to support the whole family
- National information service: This was announced by the Government last year and expected to be launched in the spring of 2009. The national information service will include a helpline where carers will be able access all the information they need directly, or be referred onto more appropriate support.
- Emergency care cover; An additional £25 million was allocated to local authorities as announced by the Government last year. The extra funding is designed to help local authorities develop plans and provide cover when a carer finds themselves in an emergency preventing them from caring.
The MND Association is considering what the strategy means to those caring for people living with MND.