Ed Davey, MP for Kingston & Surbiton, will be raising the issues of support for unpaid carers and Carers’ Week 2021 in Parliament tomorrow afternoon, along with his Lib Dem colleague Wera Hophouse MP.
The Westminster Hall debate will help give carers from across the UK and in Kingston upon Thames a voice in the House of Commons and also raise awareness about issues they face.
Last year, Carers UK published a report for Carers’ Week which estimated an additional 4.5 million people had taken on caring responsibilities during the coronavirus pandemic.
To mark Carers’ Week this year, Carers UK recently published a report that found 72% of carers have not had any breaks from their caring role at all over the past 12-months.
The report also highlighted that three-quarters of carers in the UK had reported being exhausted as a result of caring during the pandemic. More than a third said they felt unable to manage their unpaid caring role.
Ed Davey MP and Liberal Democrats continue to call for action from the Government to support unpaid carers through their #StandUpForCarers campaign. In November 2020, they called for a £1,000 a year increase to the Carer’s Allowance, and in February, called for a weekly break for unpaid carers.
Ed Davey, MP for Kingston & Surbiton and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said, “I am delighted to have secured this debate which will help give carers a voice in Parliament. Time and again, whether it’s the money or the vaccine priorities, the Government continues to ignore our wonderful carers, and it’s just not acceptable – we must do far more to support them.
“It’s time for the Conservative Government to wake up and stop taking carers for granted and I look forward to hearing the Minister’s reply to these important issues.”