The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement that around 57,000 unpaid carers in Wales will be entitled to a payment of £500 in recognition of their role during the pandemic.
However, the party has called on the UK Conservative Government to raise the carer’s allowance of just £67.25 by £1,000 a year for Wales 350,000 unpaid carers.
Commenting Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:
“While I welcome the decision today by the Welsh Government to recognise the tremendous work of our unpaid careers, it is disappointing that it will not be extended to all of the unpaid careers in Wales.
“Even more important now though, is that the UK Conservative Government moves to raise the carer’s allowance which currently sits at a measly £67.25 a week.
“Unpaid carers help keep our country going, it is thought they save the Welsh economy £8.1 billion a year. Health and social care services rely on carers' ability and willingness to provide unpaid care and we must do better by them.”