Sir George went to the Masonic Hall in Andover to formally launch Carers Rights Day.
"Thousands of people looking after sick or disabled relatives at home may be missing out on vital benefits and support, and the object of Carers Rights Day is to let people know about these and help them claim them".
Sir George paid tribute to the Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire for organising Carers Rights Day, at which the Enham Trust, Andover CAB, Testway Housing and Test Valley Borough Council all held stalls.
Sir George said that caring was moving up the political agenda, with the Second Reading of the Personal Care Bill scheduled in ten days time, and all the political parties setting out their stalls for carers in the forthcoming general election.
The Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Ian Hibberd paid tribute to the volunteers in the town who had given up careers in order to care for relatives.
Press release from Carers UK
Today is the tenth annual Carers Rights Day organised by Carers UK. The purpose of the day is to make sure that carers are aware of their rights, and that they claim their benefits and entitlements. This year we are also focussing on carers' pensions, and have produced two new free booklets giving carers information about how to claim their entitlements now, and how to protect their pension entitlement for the future.