Cllr Martin Wrigley calls for emergency funding to give carers in Devon a break

    This Carers Week Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newton Abbot and Councillor for Dawlish North East is calling on the Government to provide emergency funding to give carers a break from dramatically increased caring responsibilities during the Covid pandemic:

    This Carers Week LiberalDemocrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newton Abbot and Councillor for Dawlish North East is calling on the Government to provide emergency funding to give carers a break from dramatically increased caring responsibilities during the Covid pandemic:

    More than 10,255 people in Newton Abbot constituency and 84,884 in Devon are looking after elderly, disabled or vulnerable people. Data from Carers UK shows 64% of carers have not been able to take any sort of a break during the pandemic.

    The call from Martin Wrigley to give councils immediate emergency funding so they can provide the support services unpaid carers need to take a weekly break comes during Carers Week, an annual campaign to recognise the contribution of unpaid carers across the UK.

    At the start of Carers Week Martin Wrigley, LiberalDemocrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newton Abbot and Councillor for Dawlish North East, said:

    “This pandemic has shown that we are a nation of carers. But people looking after their loved ones are still too often forgotten and ignored by people in power.

    “The Government must finally recognise the enormous contribution that unpaid carers make and give them the support they deserve.

    “Liberal Democrats are standing up for carers and working to build a more caring society as we emerge from this pandemic.”

    “People across Devon looking after their loved ones are doing a remarkable and important job in very difficult circumstances.

    “Devon’s unpaid carers have taken on dramatically increased caring responsibilities during this pandemic. Most have not been able to take a single break since the pandemic started. Most are simply exhausted.

    “This Carers Week, we are campaigning for our wonderful carers in Devon to be given a break.”

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