Carers welcome funding boost
Carers National Association (CNA) has welcomed the news of the increase in the carer premium which, the association says, will give a substantial boost to carersÂ¹ incomes. This forms part of a package of Â£200 million extra financial help for carers and disabled people, announced by Alistair Darling, Secretary of State for Social Security. CNA said it had led a the campaign to improve the financial situation of carers, and is delighted that the original increase of Â£2 per week in the carer premium, due in April 2001, will now increase to Â£10 per week. This will bring the total carer premium, which is paid with income related benefits such as income support, to more than Â£24 per week. CNA chief executive Diana Whitworth said the additional money would make a significant difference to the lives of nearly a quarter of a million carers. “We will continue our campaign and will now press the Government for the introduction of these changes by April 2001,” Ms Whitworth said.