My mistake: Carers facing DWP crackdown don’t just save billions. They save more than £100 BILLION

Remember a few weeks ago, when I reported that the DWP is planning to impoverish carers in a crackdown intended to bring £150 million back to the Treasury?

I stated that this was an attack on people who save the Treasury more than £14 billion in the cost of providing professional care services.

It seems my calculations were a little off.

Here’s Carers UK:

“The 6.8 million people who provide unpaid care for a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one in the UK save the state £132 billion a year – close to the cost of a second NHS.

“[There has been] a staggering increase in the value of carers’ support since 2001, almost doubling from £68 billion to £132 billion. Researchers attribute this rise to a dramatic increase in the number of hours people are caring for, combined with an increase in the cost of replacement care.

“Carers UK’s Chief Executive Heléna Herklots has warned: ‘If even a small percentage of people were unable to continue caring, the economic impact would be catastrophic. Worryingly, we are edging towards this possibility, as the pressure on families to provide more care with less support is intensifying’.”

£132 billion a year is the cost of a second National Health Service.

The DWP crackdown on carers is intended to make people unable to continue caring.

It is intended to cause a catastrophic economic impact.

So we need to ask:

What are these Tories playing it, trying to undermine the UK’s economy for the sake of a few farthings?

Source: Unpaid carers save the UK £132 billion a year – the cost of a second NHS – Carers UK

6 thoughts on “My mistake: Carers facing DWP crackdown don’t just save billions. They save more than £100 BILLION

  1. Justin

    if Carer’s stopped even for two day’s this would hurt the government, just as much as if us volunteers did as well, look at how much uk relies on that and remind these twisted warped idiots that fact

    1. dee ROSS

      they wouldnt listen. as far as their blinkered tyhinking boxes go carers do nothing to help the economy. they have no idea of what it means to be a carer and in a lot of instances basically have no life of your own. if carers did stop it wouldnt hurt the government. you cant hurt solid lumps of would however hurt the NHS who would have to provide care for those days and/or the person receiving the care from the it is you have to be housebnound and too disabled to help yourself and even then its a job for them tro find the home carers thats needed. my bro in law was promised carers to come in and help his partner. he giot some for himself but she wasnt even taken into account while he lived. yet she had been disabled from being around 30 years old. he died last year. she is now 72 and only now has she got a stairlift put in.. but after he died they took away the seat in the shower because they say she can get a bath/ shes not been able to get in n out of a bath for 20 years. she needs that shower but dare not use it till she has had an assessment and hopefully been allowed a seat in it. she is a stroke victim ,with asthma COPD arthritic spine among other things. so thats one incident where our houing people didnt listen… this govt are much worse than that. even the best hearing aid wouldnt help them cos they are stubborn . dont have a clue how anyone that hasnt got loads of money, lives these days.

  2. hugosmum70

    damned disgusting. many of those carers are already impoverished. what they get is a pittance, especially if single and only other income is income support, because the carers allowance is taken OFF income support. as i have pointed out many times. income support is the amount of money needed to feed clothe and pay bills for them and the home they live in plus bus fares to and from supermarkets to get their shopping. most are too far away to walk and carry it home. if they need to use buses to get to the home of the person they care for that comes out of whats left. they land up with only the amount they are allowed to earn over the applicable amount set out by the DWP.the carers allowance is there to help towards their carers expences.not to keep them on.therefore it should NOT be means tested. not all have cars. those who do probably have others in their household bringing in a wage.they dont even get a subsidised bus pass.

  3. Terminator

    A carer need to be paid the Minimum wage ,at least, for providing 40 hours of care a week, that’s £328.40 a week tax free, that is £17,076.80 a year, when I was a carer it started at just £39 a week rising yearly, it was less than £50 when I stopped and because of that the person lost most of their JSA, the only bonus, as far as I could see was you were not called into the job centre to be asked about getting back into work, every time they sent a letter asking me to attend I told them to arrange care from before I left the home until I got back and they cancelled the interview saying it was a mistake, until I email them saying I am taking them to court for disability discrimination because in that time I also became disabled, an hereditary illness kicked in, and the disabled person I was caring for got carers allowance for me.

  4. nmac064

    There will be no stopping these evil Tories unless they are well and truly booted out at the next election – they are determined to take us forward to the 18th century.

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