As you know, the current Carer’s Allowance is only £53.90 per week; it is also means-tested to quite an extreme, given the sum of the Allowance.
For this sum there are at least a Million full-time Carers such as me,Caring for well over 50 hours per week, who devote their entire lives and time to the Care of a Family member.
Caring for someone with Dementia is particularly hard for the Carer; in my case my Father is no longer the Dad I once knew, and he’s happy in his own world, safe in his own home.
But for me, as his Son & Carer, I’m isolated by the onerous duties I’m required to perform;the CA of £53.90 is barely enough to live on, never mind trying to save up for anything, such as a break from Caring.
I don’t want to shove Dad into a Care Home just so I can have some peace & quiet – it’s ME that could use the break “Away” from the House I live & work in 24/7. I would like the ability to keep Dad being cared for here at home, and allow me the option to have a break from caring from time to time, but this isn’t currently possible under current rules.
Re-allocation of the AA in this way wouldn’t increase the ‘spending’ – but it would go a long way to helping those Carers that have no opportunities to ‘have a life’ of their own, and ensure the AA is spent where it is intended, and not as presently, where once it’s given, the recipient can use that money for anything.
Surely this is worth due consideration.