Gail Scott-Spicer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, has responded to Wednesday’s Budget:
Carers Trust welcomes the Chancellor’s pledge to protect the vital benefits paid directly to disabled and older people and to carers. However, other aspects of today’s Budget significantly undermined that commitment.
By further reducing the Benefit Cap, the Chancellor is cutting off vital sources of financial support available to a group of carers that help them meet the costs of care whilst paying for their rent, food, and fuel. With carers already expected to experience a £1bn drop in the benefits available to them by 2018, this is yet another unwanted blow to their finances. We call on the Government to rethink its priorities and to exempt carers from the Cap.