Ed Davey, Leader of the LIberal Democrats, writes-
"Carers Week is always important, but this year it means more than ever.
Despite everything we’ve seen during this pandemic, carers are still being taken for granted by the Conservative Government. It’s our job to speak up for carers and make sure Ministers can’t ignore them any longer.
1 in 3 people self-identify as carers. And throughout this pandemic, millions of people have stepped up to look after their loved ones. The past year has shown that we are a nation of carers - but it has also been relentless.
The brutal combination of lockdowns, shielding requirements and reduced support services have made the pandemic especially tough for unpaid carers.
Most carers haven’t had a single break since the pandemic started. 3 in every 4 carers report feeling exhausted and worn out as a result of caring during COVID.
So this Carers Week, we’re standing alongside carers organisations and carers themselves to call on this Conservative Government to give carers a break.
Local councils need emergency funding so they can offer every unpaid carer the support services to take a weekly break. And they need it now. "
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