Should the state do more to help carers? Is the current system too complicated? Are you a full time carer?

There must be more financial help for Britain’s six million unpaid carers, according to the Commons work and pensions committee. Is the current system too complicated? MPs say there should be income replacement for those unable to work because of their commitments as well as compensation for costs... show more
There must be more financial help for Britain’s six million unpaid carers, according to the Commons work and pensions committee.

Is the current system too complicated?

MPs say there should be income replacement for those unable to work because of their commitments as well as compensation for costs incurred during "intensive" caring.

They also recommended income replacement for carers who are only able to work part-time.

People who looked after friends and relatives are said to save the taxpayer £87bn.

Are you a full time carer for a family member or friend?

What assistance, if any, have you received?

Does the state provide enough help for individuals in this position?

Is it up to families to take more responsibility?

Update: Lunchtime phone-ins on til 2pm

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Update 2: http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?forumID=5280&edition=1&ttl=20080829122826

Must dash

C U @ Widnes Market @ 2.15-on
Update 3: I'll work my way thru the 11 replies so far Movie The Odyssey, that began 15 mins ago, seems a kinda allegory I'll link to the question @ how to make the economy as a whole better & link this there, as sometimes it's the good we can do for others that gives us the best incentive to start... show more I'll work my way thru the 11 replies so far

Movie The Odyssey, that began 15 mins ago, seems a kinda allegory

I'll link to the question @ how to make the economy as a whole better

& link this there, as sometimes it's the good we can do for others that gives us the best incentive to start strategic new businesses

Or at least apply for Govt & other funding for things that ned doing in yor area

1 reply said, "the Govt doesn't care any more"

All 3 partieshave their conferences in Sept, yes?

& all 3 are made up of human beings

Many are drawn into politics by a real desire to help folk

Many become disillusioned & lose their way

Let's put our heads together & help 'em get back on the right road on this wet day that may well see some party members read this

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