Ben Lake MP joins calls for greater support for unpaid carers during Carers Week 2023

Ben Lake MP has reiterated his support for unpaid carers during a parliamentary debate in Westminster calling for greater financial and practical support. 

New research released for Carers Week 2023 has found that: 

  • Half of the UK population have had some experience of providing unpaid care to an older or disabled or ill relative or friend.  
  • Nearly three quarters of people with experience of caring hadn’t identified themselves as unpaid carers – approximately 19 million across the UK.  
  • Nearly one third of people said that providing unpaid care had a negative impact on their health and wellbeing – approximately 8 million people across the UK. 

There are over 7,000 unpaid carers in Ceredigion (10.5% of the population), and together they make a contribution in financial terms of £700 million per year.  

Ben Lake MP is one of many cross-party MPs and charities calling for greater Government action in financial and practical support of carers. Mr Lake also attended a parliamentary event in Westminster in support of Carers Week 2023.   

Speaking after the debate Ben Lake said:  

“In Ceredigion alone, our unpaid carers make a contribution worth some £700 million a year. That is an incredible contribution and, to be frank, it ensures that local health and social systems do not collapse under the rising demands they face.

“In a poll conducted earlier this year, some 84% of those asked thought that unpaid carers should receive additional financial support. There is clearly widespread public support for increasing the support given to unpaid carers. When we consider the £162 billion contribution that unpaid carers make every year just across England and Wales—£700 million in Ceredigion alone—it is high time we looked again at carer’s allowance and the direct financial support that they are given."

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  • Carys Lloyd
    published this page in News 2023-06-15 16:53:04 +0100

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