June 21st – the longest day – isn’t longer than any other day for family carers.{jcomments on}

A virtual strike is being organised on 21 June 2014 for those who care full time for a loved one or friend. They clearly wouldn’t want to stop work for the day, as would happen in the ‘real’ world, but want to get the message across to the government that they deserve:

1: Carers Allowance for all live-in carers, irrespective of age or employment, just as DLA/PIP is given to those we care for.

2: A state-funded occupational pension scheme for each full-time carer to reflect what we might expect to have if we were working, say, only an 80 hours a week at minimum wage.

3: Solid practical careers advice and training for working-age carers to help us train for and sustain appropriate work within our environment and to provide us with the luxury of a working life should our caring duties finish

4: Social housing to recognise the requirements of disability and caring in the allocation of rooms. Sufficient appropriate accommodation purpose-built for the disabilities of the local population – because if it is not provided this is a huge stress on carers.

5: State money ONLY given to organisations that offer properly targeted transport-accessible fit-for-purpose help for every carer who needs it.

To show support for the strike and to sign the petition, go the https://www.caretostrike.co.uk/ website.


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