Your Langney County Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, together with Cllr Candy Vaughan and Cllr Harun Miah have joined the Lib Dem call for the government to raise Carer’s Allowance by £1,000 a year. This would help support 2,288 unpaid family carers in Eastbourne during the coronavirus pandemic; an increase of £20 per week to match the recent increase in Universal Credit.
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Just 1,529 of Eastbourne’s carers currently receive carer’s allowance and Alan also wants the remaining 759 carers who currently don’t get it due to overlapping benefits to benefit too.
Alan said, "These are mostly older carers on low income who may have been most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. These wonderful family carers in Eastbourne are doing a incredible job in very difficult circumstances. They deserve our support, but are too often overlooked or ignored. Liberal Democrats will stand up for carers and lead the way to a more caring society.”