Lib Dems stand up for carers in North Somerset
More than 22,000 people in North Somerset are full-time unpaid carers for their loved ones.
In the recent North Somerset Budget, Lib Dem councillors in North Somerset have stood up for local carers with a £160,000 boost for the children and adult services budget to pay for much-needed breaks for carers of adults and children.
An extra £80,000 is being allocated to support the MockingBird Project, launched last year to create support networks for foster carers and their families, to give these carers access to better respite care. We are also allocating a further £80,000 to provide respite support to carers of adults
The Liberal Democrat team in North Somerset are committed to ensuring that carers are supported in their caring responsibilities, have time out from caring and are able to focus on their own needs. This is needed now more than ever, as the pandemic has made this vital role tougher than ever, and made it harder for carers to rely on their usual support networks.
Research from Carers UK found that 64% of carers have not been able to take any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic. 74% said they feel exhausted and worn out as a result of caring during Covid, and 44% said they are reaching breaking point.
Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Ed Davey, recently launched the party’s ‘Give Carers A Break’ campaign, calling on the Government to provide councils with immediate emergency funding so they can provide the support services unpaid carers need to take a weekly break.
Launching the campaign, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:
“Our wonderful carers deserve more support, but they are too often forgotten and ignored by people in power.
“The Chancellor mustn’t ignore carers any longer. He must provide local councils with emergency funding now, to finally give carers a break.
“Liberal Democrats are working to build a more caring society as we emerge from this pandemic.”
Lib Dem Executive Member for Finance on North Somerset, Ash Cartman said:
“The leadership of Ed Davey on this issue, which is clearly of great personal importance to him, has really highlighted the plight of carers across the country.
“Here in North Somerset, we wanted to do something to improve the lives of carers in our area, and this is an important first step, but we could do even with more support from Government.”
The Liberal Democrats in Parliament are calling on the Government to provide emergency funding for all local councils to give carers a break from dramatically increased caring responsibilities during the Covid pandemic.
Will you help us put pressure on the Government to provide this vital funding by signing our petition? https://change.libdems.org.uk/helpcarers