PRTC Response to the Spending Review

Cuts tough but will it be fair for carers?

Carole Cochrane, Chief Executive at The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, comments:
“We are pleased that the coalition government has acknowledged the importance of social care by pledging an additional £2bn, as well as increased joint working between the NHS and social services; however, the full extent this will have on carers and their families is still unclear.

“We feel there is a real risk that support provided by social care will be wiped out by the loss of the family household income through benefit reductions. Our latest research revealed the perilous financial situation that carers are already in; with one in three carers not wanting to wake up in the morning because of their dire financial circumstances. Carers and their families can’t afford to lose anymore.”