Most of us know someone who is a carer. Carers UK estimate there are more than 11,000 unpaid carers in Eastbourne, and in Meads alone that’s likely to be over 1,000 people, families and friends directly affected.
Cllr Diplock recently presented a motion to the Borough Council thanking carers, paid and unpaid, for the incredible work they do, and supporting efforts to extend working flexibility to carers, allowing them to balance their employment with their caring responsibilities.
Here in Meads and across the county, the Lib Dems have a five-point plan for carers. We would encourage employers to make sensible changes to help carers combine work with caring responsibilities; boost Carers Allowance to £75 a week; raise the amount a carer can earn before losing out on other support; give young carers free travel on all public transport; and make caring a protected characteristic in the Equality Act - securing equal rights and protections for carers in the workplace and beyond.
Peter recently hosted a virtual coffee morning for Carers Rights Day, and is working with local employers, Carers Groups and the Borough Council, to improve training opportunities and increase awareness and understanding of the unique pressures faced by carers.