ALL FIVE East Sussex MPs will receive their certificates for taking part in the Carers Challenge this week at the Houses of Parliament.
Jenny Ballard, chair of East Sussex charity Care for the Carers said: ‘I would like to thank all the MPs for giving up their time to spend with carers in their constituencies and helping us raise awareness of the enormous contribution carers make to our community particularly in the current economic climate’.
Amber Rudd, Stephen Lloyd, Greg Barker, Charles Hendry and Norman Baker spent time with carers of all ages in their constituencies. The MPs witnessed the reality of caring and the commitment and willingness shown by the carers to look after their loved one. They also acknowledged the high price carers paid both financially and socially. The carers were also able to tell MPs how they could be helped in their caring role and to live fuller lives.
The charity has supported adult and young carers to improve their quality of life for over 20 years. It is estimated that carers save East Sussex County Council and the local NHS £700 million a year in care costs. Without carers’ support, many people would need 24 hour care costing Adult Social Care and taxpayers approximately £30,000 a year each.
Liz Fenton from Care for the Carers said, ‘With expected cuts in public services, we asked carers to give MPs an insight into their caring role, to highlight the support they need and the important contribution that Care for the Carers makes to the lives of local carers.’