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Cambridgeshire carers' charity expresses concern about what Spring Statement

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A leading local charity has raised deep concerns following the Spring Budget announced by the Chancellor on Wednesday.

Caring Together, which support carers of all ages across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk, responding to the Spring Statement made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in Parliament.

Miriam Martin, the charity's chief executive, said: “Every week, our team at Caring Together are hearing how carers of all ages are already struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, and this is before the unprecedented

increase in energy bills comes in.

This includes parent carers who rely on medical equipment to support the person they care for, and young carers who we have seen choose to get into trouble at school for not having the required equipment, rather than ask their parents for basics they fear they cannot afford.”

“Whilst the cut in fuel duty and increase in the threshold for paying national insurance contributions will benefit a small number of carers, it will do little for the thousands of older carers that we support, or those carers in receipt of carers allowance – which remains the lowest benefit available and is set to rise by just £2.10 a week.

"The continuation of the Household Support Fund is something which we welcome, but it represents little more than a sticking plaster and will not help with the continuing financial struggles which large numbers of carers are already facing.

“With the upcoming Health and Social Care Levy, and the proposed social care reforms, it is vital that we get a social care system which is sustainably funded in order to provide support to carers and those they look after – otherwise it will continue to be left to charities such as ourselves to pick up the pieces.”

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