Welsh Government funding made available to unpaid carers

OVER 57,000 unpaid carers in Wales are set to receive a £500 payment in recognition of the pivotal role they have played during the pandemic.

The payment is part of a £29million investment in the Welsh Government’s unpaid carers and recognizes the financial and emotional hardship many have experienced.

Unpaid carers who receive Carer’s Allowance on March 31 this year will be eligible for payment.

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An unpaid caregiver is someone who cares for a partner, relative or friend who has an illness or disability.

Carer’s Allowance is paid to people who are caring for at least 35 hours a week, caring for someone on certain benefits and earning no more than £128 a week.

The payment will benefit thousands of Wales’ most vulnerable unpaid carers, who often care for the longest and have the lowest incomes.

Deputy Minister of Social Services Julie Morgan said: ‘Unpaid carers have played a central role throughout the pandemic and we recognize the financial and emotional hardships they have experienced.

Deputy Minister of Social Services Julie Morgan

“I hope this payment of £500 will help support them in these difficult times.

“We are immensely proud of our unpaid carers in Wales, many of whom struggle to make time for themselves due to their caring roles, and hope that this £29million investment in people shows how much we value and appreciate what they do.

“We understand that not all unpaid carers will be eligible for this payment, as many do not receive carers’ allowance, and we will continue to support carers of all ages in any way we can.”

Unpaid carers will be able to submit their application to local authorities later this year. Further details on how and when to register for payment will be available shortly.

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The payment is being launched after a survey of more than 1,500 unpaid carers found almost half had to use personal savings and give up work or school to care for themselves, while more than half had to give up their hobbies or personal interests because of their caregiving role. .

It is hoped that a payment of £500 will help ease these pressures, as well as recognize the value of their caring role over the past year to Wales’ health and social care system.

Claire Morgan, director of Carers Wales, said: “Unpaid carers are the vital third pillar of our health and social care system in Wales and have unknowingly taken on loads of stress and responsibility during the pandemic. .

“This £500 payment is an important first step in actively recognizing the daily contribution carers make to our society and we applaud the Welsh Government for making these payments directly to carers.”

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