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    1. Mike Sivier

      Yes – I was more than a little disappointed about that, since I’m a carer myself.
      The fact is – and I’m sure you know this, otherwise you wouldn’t have commented on it – that carers save the state a huge amount of money, carrying out work for a pittance that would otherwise cost a considerable amount, if the government had to hire a professional to do it.
      It IS a proper job; the problem is the government that treats it like being on benefit.

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  2. Peachy

    As another Carer (for three disabled kids, two diagnosed with autism, no easy task!) I agree. Practically, I suspect I can see what’s happened: JSA advisors get credit for sanctions. If your sister is caring for your Mum over 35 hours a week, she is technically not available for work, and SHOULD be on Carer’s Allowance. The Advisor has grabbed the chance to sanction and doesn;t give a damn about sorting her benefits properly. If your Mum gets Attaendance Allowance then sister should immediately put in a CA claim, easily done. If she isn’t, I’d suggest getting a Social Worker in to assess and help claim, they rely on Carers and will want to help, and talking to both CAB and Carers UK. Make sure it’s both, as they are excellent from slightly different angles. Good luck!

  3. jeffrey davies

    their time is coming fast if ids rtu has is his haven’t they heard he wants to sack most of his staff in the jcp yet they still give out this crap another loyal dh to the end perhaps when its their time to get that push onto the jcp will they be asking their ex mates please don’t sanction me but like they were sanctioned they say for being a pain yet they never think of that ids isn’t to be trusted one little bit
    I can only say to that sister get help fight back atleast claim that carers allowance its your right to even though you think its your duty then its the states duty to look after you both jeff3

  4. alan

    We have become a nation of whingers. Your sister should act according to her age and battle it out. Whimps everywhere, and when it comes to those who stand against the system, whimps cry that it is okay for them because they are strong, yet further excuse to go and suck their thumbs and not to take themselves in hand to learn to be strong. As long as the people of this country act like children the state will treat them like children, a nanny state. Thankfully thousands have grown up, and come hell or high water they will battle, fight the good fight for what is right.

  5. Christopher John Ball

    I’m disabled and primary carer for a disabled partner – I gave up my role as lecturer to look after her. I became self-employed but, under the plans spewing from what passes as the mind of Iain Duncan Smith, that will become harder if not impossible. So I will be faced with such nonsense? It seems likely – and it will impact upon others just as badly. Last summer my partner made a serious attempt upon her own life. Thankfully I got to her in time but she spent best part of a week in ITU. She had taken an overdose and had left a note. Getting a suicide note addressed to you is a real wake up call. Whilst these things are never about just one thing, her actions were, in no small part, due to being scared of what this government is doing with regard to disability.

    I expect all this from a Conservative Government, they cannot help themselves, so it is the Liberal Democrats that I blame.

    Tim Farron admitted in the Huff Post that

    ‘In a hung parliament, says Farron, “your manifesto becomes a negotiating document”.

    Yes, but why don’t the Lib Dems block more of the ‘nastier’ Tory policies that have upset and disillusioned so many of their core supporters?

    “Because then we get more of our things blocked,” comes the blunt response.’

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/22/tim-farron-lib-dems_n_4143568.html

    The Liberal Democrats are so arrogant as to believe that their policies are worth our pain.

    A fairer society the Liberal Democrats keep chanting – well if this is it , they can keep it as the cost is far too great.

    1. Graham Hughes

      I voted Liberal all my life. I even joined the party as I supported the coalition and thought at last we would get away from one party government. To say I have been disgusted by the Liberal democrats in government does not go anywhere near describing how I feel about their actions with regard to social security benefits. Had it been that they were saying they opposed the so-called ‘welfare reforms’ but had to accept that they were the minor party in the coalition and had reluctantly gone ahead to maintain the coalition and achieve other aims I might, possibly, have retained some level of support for them even though I would have disagreed with their actions and felt they should have taken a stronger line. But when I hear Liberal Democrat MPs supporting the dismantling of the social security system and actually advocating these ‘reforms’ or rather wholesale cuts I am ashamed to think I gave them my vote. Never again.

      I have now switched to the SNP and think that independence is the only way to escape the increasingly right-wing dominated political agenda that the UK seems to be pursuing. Hopefully an independent Scotland will provide an example to the rest of the UK as to what a humane and fair social security system looks like and that rather than being a drain on society it actually enriches it and helps improve society for everyone.

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