Carers UK has published a briefing about the effect the Chancellor’s Emergency Budget will have on carers. They say:
“Carers will be relieved that Carer’s Allowance has not been cut and, along with disability benefits, is protected from the freeze to benefits. It is a vital financial lifeline for people looking after a loved one and important recognition of their role. However, with £12bn of cuts to the social security system, it is inevitable that carers’ incomes will be hit by some of the measures announced…”
We are pleased to announce that we have recently launched our Carers in Sheffield Twitter account and you can now follow us on Twitter @SheffieldCarers. Through Twitter we will keep you updated on any news or information which is important to carers and will share dates of supports groups, cafes and other events. We will also be tweeting experiences and advice from carers and organisations across the UK. We would love to hear what you think so if you have had a lovely break with your Time for Me Grant or really enjoyed attending a support group get tweeting and let us know.
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.
The Carers Centre was greatly saddened in June to learn that Janet Grahame, one of our long-standing trustees, had died.
Janet had been involved in our work since the first meeting held in Sheffield to discuss the possibility of setting up a Carers Centre in 1993. Janet had been a carer for her mother, and before retirement had set up and managed the South West Area Sitting Service (for carers of older people). She was very committed to the voluntary sector, and involved in the work of Disability Sheffield Centre for Independent Living, and the South Yorkshire Community Foundation. She had been a Board member of Voluntary Action Sheffield and on the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Botanical Gardens.
Have you experienced feelings of exhaustion, depression, frustration or anxiety as a carer? Would you value a little time to focus on yourself, and talk with others in a similar situation?
The Carers Toolbox course is a 5 week programme run by Sheffield Mind and Body Project. It is focussed on how you are, and aims to build strength and resilience for you as you continue to be a carer.
Healthwatch Sheffield would like you to let them know if you have any views on any Health & Social Care Services you have used, which are of particular concern to you. Please let Healthwatch know by Friday 26 June 2015. Any feedback will be used to inform their future work.
Their website can be found here: www.healthwatchsheffield.co.uk
Are you a man caring for someone who wouldn’t be able to manage without your support, perhaps because they are ill, frail, eldery or disabled. We would really like to know what services and facilities you would like Carers in Sheffield to provide.
The survey has been posted out with every copy of the June edition of the Carers in Sheffield newsletter. If you would prefer to complete the survey electronically, you can do so by clicking here.
Would you like to know more about the new Special Educational Needs and Disability legislation?
The Sheffield Special Educational Needs and Disability Information service is running a free session to be held at the Quaker Meeting House:
Wednesday 29 April 2015 10.30am – 1.30pm
With the General Election approaching fast, its important to remind politicians to keep carers in mind when thinking about policies and the promises they are making. The national Carers Trust has put together 10 key priorities for carers. Please visit Don’t Forget Carers in 2015 to read more.