MP MEETS WITH LOCAL CARERS

Andrew George MP will meet with members of the Penzance Carers Support Group at the Yacht Inn at 2.30pm today as part of Carers Week.

Mr George has joined forces with national charity Carers UK to highlight that thousands of carers who selflessly give care to their loved ones are still missing out on services that can provide vital help to them in their caring role.

Mr George said: If voluntary carers downed tools, walked off the job and handed their responsibilities to the Government it would bankrupt the country. The problem is that on the one hand successive Governments are keen to either keep the chronically sick and disabled out of hospital or at least discharge them much earlier to their homes, but they don’t seem to be as keen to make sure that the people who care for them at home are given all the support they deserve.

“We have 6.5 million people in the UK caring for others. Many of our carers are struggling on a daily basis to cope with the financial and practical pressures of carny, or just need support to give them some regular respite. It’s a 24/7 commitment for many.

“I wholeheartedly support the Carers UK campaign and their call to stop cutting carers’ support; the need for urgent reform of carers’ benefits; and to ensure that health and social care services act to prevent carer ill-health and isolation.

 

“Our carers are unsung heroes. They should be given the support they deserve and which the Government at last says they should now get.”