Have your say

We asked Carers in Kent what things concerned them most and what changes would make things easier for them and the people they care for. Kent Carers Matter is responding to Carer concerns, by focussing on these issues. When there are opportunities to feedback to local or national consultations relevant to Carers, we will publish them here.
 

A more carer-friendly NHS

Carer-friendly
workplaces

Increase in Carer’s allowance

Getting breaks from caring

Kent-wide Carers' Strategy 

Petition the Government to publish a Carers' Strategy

What’s the issue?

  • 6,500 Carers (and many organisations) spent time providing evidence for Government on their caring role as part of a consultation to underpin a new Carers' Strategy.
  • It was expected that Government would publish the results in a Carers' Strategy by the end of 2016 but nothing has happened. The possibility of a Carers' Action Plan has been mentioned, but this is not the same as a Carers' Strategy.

Have your say

  • You can add your voice by responding to a petition set up by Kent Carer, Katy Styles asking the Government to publish a new Carers' Strategy, not a Carers' Action Plan.
  • Sign the petition now

A more Carer-friendly NHS

Carer-friendly workplaces

Credit: Carers Trust

Increase in Carer’s allowance

What’s the issue?

  • The UK’s 6.5 million unpaid Carers provide the majority of care for families saving the economy an estimated £132 billion a year. In Kent, that's over £3 billion a year.
  • Many Carers say they are struggling financially with 4 out of 10 describing themselves as struggling to make ends meet. (State of Caring 2017, Carers UK)
  • Carer’s allowance is the lowest benefit of its kind at just £62.70 per week (2017/18 rate).

Have your say

  • Carers UK frequently campaigns and lobbies Government to reduce financial hardship for Carers and you can add your voice to their campaigns and consultations. Sign up free with Carer’s UK to be a part of a UK wide movement of Carers pushing for lasting changes to make life better.
  • You could email or write to your MP to tell them about the financial difficulties you experience as a Carer and encourage them to lobby for an increase in Carer's allowance. You can find the contact details for your local Kent MP here.

Credit: Carers Trust

Breaks from caring

Kent County Council Carers' Strategy

Kent County Council, together with Kent’s Clinical Commissioning Groups have joined together to develop a new Kent wide Carers' Strategy.  

Kent County Council wants to hear from a range of Carers in Kent - both those already registered with Carer services and those not currently accessing support services - to inform the development of the Carers' strategy and influence future service provision. 

There are a range of sessions being held over the next few months around the county. Some venues will offer a separate room for the person you care for with activities provided. There will also be opportunities for Carers who are unable to leave home to attend a session to take part. All information collated will be anonymised and no personal details will be shared with any organisations. 

In the first instance, contact Tracey in Kent County Council's Carers team on 03000 415483 or email tracey.schneider@kent.gov.uk to register your interest and find out more about how you can get involved.

If you are unable to call during office hours due to work or your caring responsibilities, please leave your name, contact number and the best time of day/evening to reach you on the answerphone and one of the team will call you back.