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Tens of thousands of home carers who look after vulnerable elderly relatives could be pushed into unemployment, warns the Alzheimer’s Society.

Government cuts are leaving local authority social care budgets “at breaking point”, while struggling home carers are left juggling work and caring duties.

Within ten years, up to one million Alzheimers patients will be dependent upon the care they receive from relatives. This is estimated to save the economy around £11.6bn each year, which is greater than the £8.8bn spent on the NHS.

Head of policy at the Alzheimer’s Society, George McNamara, said: “Further government cuts to social care could lead to tens of thousands of working people forced to give up their jobs to look after elderly relatives over the next five years.”

“Workers can’t fit caring responsibilities into a lunch break”, said Mr McNamara.

“Looking after an elderly parent with dementia takes huge amounts of time, energy and emotional stress. Many carers will have no choice but to give up work unless they get better public services.”

Whilst the government has recognised how childcare can help to keep people in work, providing quality assistance to home carers has not been awarded the same level of importance or significance.

Mr McNamara said: “The Government has recognised the need to improve parents’ access to childcare to maintain economic recovery. But sidelining social care for a rapidly growing population of vulnerable older people also poses serious risks to the economy.

“Local authority budgets are at breaking point, economic growth is slowing and a massive wave of cuts in public service is imminent.

“We want the Government to end the crisis in social care and provide a vital lifeline for working families caring for elderly relatives.”

  • ClareP

    It works the other way as well- employers failing to accept caring as a good reason for being away from work: I want to go back to work now (husband would drop his hours to take over, we’d have a bigger income and my ASD son is bigger than me now and a risk to me when in crisis). I’ve got up to date qualifications including a brand new post grad studied for years bit by bit in part time evening classes- three hundred applications and not one reply. Some support to help us back to work would be fab, but everyone is too scared to access regular DWP courses that wouldn’t accept our limitations (in my case, no weekends as husband works then and no care cover).

    • Jenny Dent

      I am sorry to hear off your predicament and wish I could do or say something that will make things better for you. I can’t so HUGS xxx

  • Jenny Dent

    Disgusting. so I get to read one article that says in the next round of cuts vulnerable people would be cared for Then I read another one in which they clearly aren’t. As a recipient of home care myself I know where the cuts will come and that is on the vulnerable. Relatives who care save an estimated £11 billion a year.

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  • marc

    Any carer forced to look for work should head to social services to explain they are no longer allowed to care for the person so the state is obliged to look after the Person. now they have been informed a person cannot look after themselves on their own.
    The only way to fight this is by overloading Social services to the point it goes into meltdown due to a lack of funding and staff.
    The Government will back down when social services goes into meltdown.

    • lisers

      The only thing is social care/services are in meltdown now