General Election #thinkcarer2015

With March upon us, we’re just two months away from a General Election where no one knows what the outcome will be. Carers Trust’s strapline is seven million reasons to care, which refers to the number of unpaid carers in the UK. Over 6 million of the UK’s unpaid carers are aged 18 and over — with that huge number of people — political parties should be falling over themselves to pick up the carer vote.

The General Election is likely to be dominated by health and social care — these are bread and butter issues for carers. We’ve made progress at ensuring that carers have increased rights during the last 5 years — however there is a long way to go. The Care Act for the first time puts carers on an equal footing to the people they care for. But without the money to implement it, what’s good on paper won’t happen in practice.

In 2015 we’re calling on all candidates not to forget about carers. In January we sent a message to candidates in England asking them to pledge ‘I won’t forget about carers in 2015’. Alongside this we gave candidates Carers Trust’s 10 key issues for the election. Of course there are more than 10 areas that affect carers, but this is a good start. We have focussed on the big challenges around social care funding, specific groups of carers — young and old, NHS identification of carers and the need for quality integrated care.

We’ve developed a toolkit for Carers Trust Network Partners on activities they can do to inform candidates of the challenges carers face. First and foremost though, candidates should hear from carers themselves. Carers need to step up and let candidates know what their experiences have been and what needs to be done so that they get the support they need. So if you’re a carer make sure you use any opportunity between now and the election to let candidates know your views.

We want this to be seen as the carer’s election, so let’s make it happen and #thinkcarer2015

Ben Cavanagh is Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Carers Trust


March 3, 2015 - Posted by | General Election | ,


  1. I have been a CARER for my disabled wife for 27 years.I have lived through governments of all shades, although mp,s are more aware of CARERS legislation and support still lag far behind. If there’s one question you should ask here’s one :
    What are you going to do for CARERS considering you may well need one one day
    It may well be your mother-wife-son or daughter.
    Be prepared over the years I have been disappointed many times.

    Comment by Taras Kurylak | March 3, 2015 | Reply

  2. I think we already knew what the Conservative position would be and as if to confirm fears, it appears that they are testing out policy by leaks:

    Election 2015: Conservative benefit cut options leaked

    “Leaked documents from the Department for Work and Pensions also suggest a regional benefits cap, taxing disability benefits and reducing eligibility for the carers’ allowance. ”

    For carers, elderly and disabled people, this election is going to be more about voting against the party (or parties) who will do the most damage and inflict the most hurt.

    Comment by Bunny | March 27, 2015 | Reply

  3. I would like to see more support for carers when caring comes to an end for whatever reason instead of what I have experienced which is truly worse than anything I have ever experienced,I saved the health services hundreds at the expense of my own health and when I asked for help as I deteriorated it was ignored now I am left alone with no support because I chose to stop caring before it took my life

    Comment by karen | March 30, 2015 | Reply

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