Rosie Cooper MP

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14/11/07 Rosie Cooper MP backs working carers in West Lancashire

Rosie Cooper MP has backed an Usdaw campaign to allow all working carers to earn more before losing vital benefits.

Rosie Cooper MP joined John Hannett, General Secretary of the retail union, USDAW at Westminster to back their campaign to persuade the Government to allow more workers who care for severely disabled adults and children to work longer hours but still claim Carers Allowance.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“I know from my own constituency surgeries that Britain’s army of carers provide an invaluable service to loved ones and save the taxpayer billions on services that would otherwise have to be provided by the state.”

“I am delighted that the Government has extended the right to request flexible working to carers of adults in April as there is no doubt this will help to make it easier for carers to properly balance their working life with their caring commitments.

“But at present rules on access to Carers Allowance mean that anyone earning more than £87 per week cannot qualify for the payment of £48.65 per week. This doesn’t reflect either the reality of carers’ lives today or the modern flexible retail environment which gives carers more opportunities to combine paid work with care.

“The existing rules make it harder for working carers to earn extra money while caring for others and can make it less attractive for some employers to give jobs to carers. That is why I’m delighted that Usdaw is urging the Government to change the rules and why I am supporting the campaign.”

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