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Town's Unpaid Carers Figure Released

Wednesday June 26 2013


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MORE than 27,000 people in Barnsley provide unpaid care each week - the second highest figure in 15 areas across Yorkshire.

Statistics published on June 5 show a total of 27,167 unpaid carers across the borough - only Rotherham has more - with 43 per cent of that figure dedicating more than 20 hours a week to the role.

Trade union GMB wants employers to sign up to a charter which makes it easier for unpaid carers to combine paid work with their caring responsibilities.

Tim Roache, GMB regional secretary, said: "This huge hidden army of unpaid, often voiceless carers saves taxpayers billions every year.

"In many areas there are far more unpaid carers than actual paid care providers in place.

"A radical overhaul of the current approach to paid and unpaid care is needed from society as a whole is required. That includes government and employers, as well as families."

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, were released ahead of carer's week, which started on Monday.

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Reply Posted by rebecca on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 17:33
My daughter cares for me an shes 16 an doesnt get a penny as I cant get disabilty I have a clot on my lung an thigh cant walk most days on my left foot got problems with my shoulder an neck an stomach an have depression issues ..but still I cant get diasabilty so cant get carers allowance for my daughter an she does everything ..meals dressing me .washing etc ..systemIis all wrong

Reply Posted by les on Friday June 28 2013 at 00:20
I wouldnt be so concerned about your daughter gettin carers allowance.
I would be extremely worried about why you dont get disability allowance you need to re applyand appeal on the first refusal by telling the appeal tribunal that you are willin to have there own or a separate doctor to examine your situation
or see your mp.there are other avenues to go down .dont give in to the red tape or form filling or write to the european court of human rights

Reply Posted by russ on Friday June 28 2013 at 22:54
might be because atos think if you can breath fresh air you fit enough to work they dont care how ill people are