Rosie Cooper MP added her support to a national campaign on Friday 8 December 2006 to ensure that carers are aware of their rights and entitlements. The campaign, run by Carers UK, seeks to increase the take-up of benefits and raise aware of carers’ rights and the support they might be able to get.
On carers day Rosie Cooper supported an event Asda supermarket in Skelmersdale.
Rosie, a carer herself, said:
“It is vital that carers claim the benefits to which they are entitled. We know that £740 million worth of carers’ benefits go unclaimed each year and this could be providing vital income as well as protecting carers’ pensions in retirement. Carers may also be missing out on practical support and advice.”
There are over six million carers in the UK who provide essential support to family, friends and neighbours, saving the country £57 billion each year. People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled than non-carers and many carers struggle to combine caring with paid work.
Rosie Cooper MP added, “It’s a real concern that carers in my constituency may not be getting all the help they are entitled to. Carers need support – they are fulfilling a vital role in society and without them the NHS and social care system would not be able cope. It is vital that they give information about their rights so they they get the support they and do not live in poverty, risking their own health and future prospects.”
Carers can order a free booklet calling Looking after someone: a guid to carers’ rights and benefits from Carers Uk by visiting www.carersuk.org or calling the free phone hotline on 0808 808 7777