Increase Carers Allowance UK
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Dear Ms Newton,
I am petitioning for a review of Full Time Carers Allowance UK.
Facts & figures About Carers UK
At present - 1 in 8 adults (around 6.5 million people) are carers
By 2037, it's anticipated that the number of carers will increase to 9 million.
Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people each year.
58% of carers are women and 42% are men.
Over 1 million people care for more than one person.
Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer
Over 3 million people juggle care with work, however the significant demands of caring mean that 1 in 5 carers are forced to give up work altogether.
Carer's Allowance is the main carer's benefit and is £64.60 for a minimum of 35 hours, equivalent to £1.85 per hour – the lowest benefit of its kind.
People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled
72% of carers responding to Carers UK's State of Caring Survey said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring.
61% said they had suffered physical ill health as a result of caring.
Over 1.3 million people provide over 50 hours of care per week.
Without correct allowances Carers themselves run the risk of developing mental illness just as a result of doing the right thing and their jobs actually saves this country money!!!! Reducing the financial burden this role brings will surely assist full time carers. Please sign this petition and show your support for 6.5 million people in the UK at this time.
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