Carers welcome funding boost

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

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 carers¹ incomes. This forms part of a package of £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 £2 per week in the carer premium, due in April 2001, will now increase to £10 per week. This will bring the total carer premium, which is paid with income related benefits such as income support, to more than £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.

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