Dr Moira Fraser, interim chief executive of Carers Trust, said:
“Increasing the weekly threshold for Carer’s Allowance from £102 to £110 is welcome news and means that those on the minimum wage can work at least 16 hours a week and still receive the allowance. However, many carers who work or are in education will continue to be ineligible and still struggle on without any extra financial support.
“More still needs to be done to support all unpaid carers. The Care Act, for the first time, puts carers on an equal footing to the people they care for. However, without additional funding for social care, carers will still not receive the necessary support.”
Half of infant young carers under ten are suffering broken sleep to care for family members
The UK’s largest charity for unpaid carers has revealed the snapshot data today on Young Carers Awareness Day in order to highlight the shocking amount of children between the ages of five and ten