Sir George launches Carers Rights Day
5 Dec 2008
Barbara Carpenter Beryl Harman Kerry Wincott GY Cllr Brian Page Gill Thompson
Barbara Carpenter Beryl Harman Kerry Wincott GY Cllr Brian Page Gill Thompson
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Sir George went to The Bridge in Andover to launch Carers Rights Day at an event organised by the Andover Carer Centre.

"In my constituency alone, over £1m in Carers Benefits go unclaimed each year, and I hope today will encourage folk to claim the benefits they are entitled to."

At the Bridge were people from the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit Section of Test Valley Borough Council, as well as from Andover CAB and the Enham Trust. Kerry Wincott, Carer Support Manager from the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, introduced the Mayor, Brian Page and Sir George. Counhcillor Pam Mutton was also there.

Sir George spoke of the work of the Hampshire Commission on personalisation, which reported last week, advocating a number of improvements which would help those with caring responsibilities.

"We proposed that the capital cut off for help should be raised to £50,000 from below £20,000. The present system, discourages thrift and penalises those who have put money aside for a rainy day. We said that Carers Benefit, which stops at 65, should continue to be paid, and that the first 8 weeks of social care should be free. Our recommendations are now being considered by the Government."
 
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