Template release for Carers Week

Carers Week runs from Monday 7 until Sunday 13 June 2021 and its theme is to Make Caring Visible and Valued.


[TEMPLATE]: Carers Week: Lib Dems call for emergency funding to give carers in [AREA] a break

Please see below a template release for this week which is Carers Week. Alongside this release we have attached a template Op-ed/Letter to Editor for you to send to your local news outlet. 

Local figures by Parliamentary Constituency and Local Authority are available here . Please fill in the data relating to your local area as indicated in red below (including in the first line of the ‘notes to editors’).

Carers Week: Lib Dems call for emergency funding to give carers in [AREA] a break

This Carers Week the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to provide emergency funding to give carers a break from dramatically increased caring responsibilities during the Covid pandemic:

More than [INSERT FIGURE – COLUMN B] people in [AREA] are looking after elderly, disabled or vulnerable people. Data from Carers UK shows 64% of carers have not been able to take any sort of a break during the pandemic.

The call from the Liberal Democrats to give councils immediate emergency funding so they can provide the support services unpaid carers need to take a weekly break comes during Carers Week, an annual campaign to recognise the contribution of unpaid carers across the UK.

At the start of Carers Week, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP said:

“This pandemic has shown that we are a nation of carers. But people looking after their loved ones are still too often forgotten and ignored by people in power.

“The Government must finally recognise the enormous contribution that unpaid carers make, and give them the support they deserve.

“Liberal Democrats are standing up for carers and working to build a more caring society as we emerge from this pandemic.”

[INSERT NAME] , Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for [AREA] added:

“People in [AREA] looking after their loved ones are doing a remarkable and important job in very difficult circumstances.

“ [AREA] ’s unpaid carers have taken on dramatically increased caring responsibilities during this pandemic. Most haven’t been able to take a single break since the pandemic started. Most are simply exhausted.

“This Carers Week, Liberal Democrats are campaigning for our wonderful carers in [AREA] to be given a break.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

According to the 2011 census, [INSERT FIGURE – COLUMN B] people in [AREA] provide unpaid care – although the number is now thought to be much higher. The local 2011 census data local 2011 census data is available from the Office for National Statistics.

The Carers UK report: Caring behind closed doors: six months on .

[LETTER TO EDITOR TEMPLATE]

Dear Editor,

For too long our nation's unpaid carers have been forgotten by those in power. This Carers Week, Liberal Democrats are fighting to change that. 

We’re urging the Government to give carers a break by providing immediate emergency funding to local authorities so they can offer every unpaid carer the support services they need to take a weekly break.

During the Covid pandemic we’ve seen millions of people step up heroically to look after elderly, disabled and vulnerable people. They are doing a remarkable and important job in very difficult circumstances. They need more support.

A survey by Carers UK found that 81% of carers are spending more time on their caring responsibilities during the pandemic, mainly because the needs of the person they are caring for have increased or because the local care services they rely on have been reduced or closed.

But now most carers are simply exhausted. Most haven’t had a single break since the pandemic started. A combination of lockdowns, shielding requirements and reduced support services have made the pandemic especially tough. 

The survey by Carers UK found that 64% of carers have not been able to take any breaks from their caring role during the pandemic. 74% said they feel exhausted and worn out as a result of caring during Covid, and 44% said they are reaching breaking point.

With local authority budgets so badly overstretched already, Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to provide immediate funding to make carers breaks possible – as part of a bigger emergency package to fill the funding gap in adult and children’s social care.

Liberal Democrats are standing up for carers and working to build a more caring society as we emerge from this pandemic.

Yours, 

[LIBERAL DEMOCRAT SPOKESPERSON]