Your Sovereign Spokesperson, Kathy Ballard, has 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 Kathy also wants the remaining 759 carers who currently don’t get it due to overlapping benefits to benefit too. Kathy said, "These are mostly older carers on low income whose challenges have been made even harder by coronavirus.
Our wonderful unpaid carers in Eastbourne are doing a remarkable and important job in very difficult circumstances; they deserve our support, but they are too often forgotten or ignored. Liberal Democrats will stand up for carers and lead the way to a more caring society.”