Mr Corbyn will cite figures from Carers UK saying that unpaid carers save the taxpayers £132bn a year [Image: Alamy Stock Photo].

As one of the million carers mentioned in The Guardian‘s article, This Writer would certainly welcome an extra £10 a week. It might not seem much but £520 extra a year can make a big difference.

I also like the fact that Labour plan to fund it by reversing a tax cut for the very rich. As the rich are profiting hugely – and unfairly – from current economic conditions, it is only right that they should lose some of the perks the Tories have given them.

(If you are a rich person, then I’m very sorry if you’re offended, but you don’t make your profits all by yourself, you know, and you need to accept that taxation addresses inequalities in the system.)

Of course, I’m in the running to become a county councillor – and if I succeed, then I won’t qualify for Carer’s Allowance any more. My taxes will contribute to the payments others will receive.

And I’ll be happy for that to happen, because I know how hard it is to survive on a pittance.

Around 1 million carers would receive an extra £10 a week under plans for a significant rise in the value of the carer’s allowance being announced by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on Tuesday.

Labour would fund the 17% increase, which would cost £538m by the time of the next election, by reversing the inheritance tax cut announced by George Osborne, the then chancellor, in 2015.

Announcing the latest in a series of policy announcements unveiled by the party ahead of next month’s local elections, [Mr] Corbyn will cite figures from Carers UK saying that unpaid carers save taxpayers £132bn a year.

He will also argue that, with council care budgets being squeezed, unpaid carers are under more pressure than ever.

Source: Labour to promise unpaid carers 17% allowance increase | Society | The Guardian

 

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