Speaking in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement today that Labour would increase carers allowance by 17%, Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

“An increase in the carer’s allowance can’t come soon enough and would acknowledge the contribution unpaid carers make to society.

“It’s also important that all parties develop policies that commit to making a genuine and long-lasting difference to carers’ health and wellbeing, and to the local services that support carers.

“Not all carers are eligible for the Carer’s Allowance, so policies which fully deliver legal rights for carers introduced under the Care Act in all local areas would make a great difference. Charging carers for their own support is an added hardship to carers, is against the spirit of the Care Act and should cease.”