Nick Clegg has today unveiled a package that will support carers in Wales.
Approximately 1 in every 8 adults provide unpaid care for family and friends.
Under the Liberal Democrats these Carers will receive:
a £250 bonus to ease the cost of looking after family members who require support for 35 hours or more each week over a 12 month period;
an additional five days paid additional ‘care leave’ a year;
the ability to do more work without losing their Carers' Allowance, by extending the ‘earnings limit’ from £110 per week to £150 per week, putting more money back into their pockets.
Launching the Carer Package in Brecon and Radnorshire, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:
"Currently one in every eight adults across the UK are carers supporting a family member who is older, disabled or seriously ill.
"They are the unsung heroes of British society, quietly going about helping their loved ones without seeking favour or thanks for their kindness.
"But more needs to be done to help carers get the support they deserve.
"Our new Carer’s Package will ensure society pays back the service that carers give to their loved ones and the community, easing the pressure they are under, and providing the support needed to live happier, more fulfilling lives."
The Liberal Democrat Carer’s Package includes:
£250 ‘Carer’s Bonus’ for full time carers, which they could spend on whatever they like. This will be gradually introduced, brought in in 2017/18 at £125 per carer. We would fund the initial £125 carer’s bonus from a levy on tobacco companies.
Carers would be allowed to do more work without losing their Carer’s Allowance, as we will work to extend the ‘earnings limit’ from £110 per week to £150 per week, giving £50m back to carers by the end of the next parliament.
A consultation on introducing five days’ paid additional ‘care leave’ a year for carers who qualify for the Carer’s Allowance.
Invest £8bn per year extra into the NHS England by 2020, the amount NHS bosses say is needed. This means over £450m for Wales