I am fighting for the 1370 carers in our community - Simon Hughes

I am fighting for the 1370 carers in our community

I am fighting to give 1370 carers in Bermondsey and Old Southwark a £250 ‘Carer’s Bonus’ for looking after loved ones who are older, disabled or seriously ill.

The annual payment would be a boost to the army of unsung heroes in our community who work tirelessly to care for their friends and relatives. As your local MP for the last 32 years, I have always fought for and valued the contribution carers make.

This policy is part of a £150m package to help make the lives of Britain’s 6.5 million carers that bit easier.

The measures include:

  • A new Carer’s Passport to allow unpaid carers certain privileges, that could include free hospital parking, free cinema tickets and free gym sessions.
  • Increasing ‘care leave’ by five days and extending the ‘earning limit’ to allow carers to work more without losing their Carer’s Allowance.
  • Create a cross-government Carer’s Champion to ensure carers get a voice at the heart of government.

Currently 1370 adults in our local area are supporting a family member who is older, disabled or seriously ill.

The only way to look after those who spend their days looking after others is to support my campaign and vote for me on May 7th.  

Over the years, I’ve met so many carers. They are the unsung heroes in our community, quietly going about helping their loved ones without seeking favour or thanks for their kindness.

But more needs to be done to help carers get the support they deserve – which is why I’m so proud to fight for them. The £250 bonus can make a real difference to carers’ lives. 

If you are a carer worried about Tory cuts making it harder to get support for you and your loved ones, or Labour’s refusal to make any promises on desperately needed NHS funding then only a vote for me will guarantee you get an MP who will fight for a fair pay deal."