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Chesterfield MP: “We need to care more about our carers”

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins had a strong message about the importance of valuing carers when he attended a training event organised by the Derbyshire Carers Association as part of National Carer’s Week.

Carers Week is a national annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Toby was attending a free manual handling training event at Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s Hartington Unit, which was organised by the Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) to give carers the necessary skills to reduce injuries to themselves and those they care for.

Toby said “there are thousands of carers across Derbyshire working 24/7 to care for loved ones, and whilst they dedicate themselves selflessly to this vocation, many carers end up with injuries due to the care they provide, particularly back injuries. It is vital that we provide them with the equipment and training needed to ensure they stay healthy too”.

Without carers, Carers UK estimates the government would face a £119 billion care bill and the NHS would risk collapse. The majority of carers are of working age and receive only £62.10 per week in Carer’s Allowance. A DCA spokesperson said: “One in 10 people in Derbyshire are carers, and some of them don’t know how to access the care, help and support that they need. Carers Week aims to identify them, raise awareness of the difficult situation they face and let them know that they are not alone, but that help and support is available.”

Toby Perkins MP with Helen Weston, County Team Leader for Derbyshire Carers Association, and carers from Chesterfield

Toby Perkins MP with Helen Weston, County Team Leader for Derbyshire Carers Association, and carers from Chesterfield

Toby added, “I’ve been speaking to the carers here today and many are worried at the moment due to the threat of more cuts to local authorities and payments to carers and the disabled. We need to care more about our carers and show how much we value them. Both local and central government need to ensure that carers have the support, the skills and finances to help them and their loved ones live happier, healthier lives.”

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