Friday, 4 December 2009


In Thanet, Sandwich and across our villages we have a higher proportion of carers than in many parts of the country, and so today it is important to pay tribute to those who give so much to others and ask so very little in return.

With over 9,500 carers across our towns and villages in the South Thanet constituency, I for one, am very committed to supporting them. I helped my mother care for my father in his last years and although she took the majority of the strain I personally know what sacrifices the whole family make in looking after someone who is ill.

I know the dedication that people, young and old, commit to support their loved ones and the extraordinary contribution that they make to both their family members and society as a whole.

However many carers do not claim the benefits that they deserve and Carers UK seek to increase the take-up of benefits and raise awareness of carers’ rights and the support that they may be able to get in order to protect their pensions. It might be the Carer’s Allowance, council tax discount, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit that makes a difference.

Carers UK urged carers to get in touch with its Adviceline (0808 808 7777 or to receive a free booklet. Carers can also pick up booklets in their local Lloyds Pharmacy store.

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