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Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 2:00 pm on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Alan Haselhurst Alan Haselhurst Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means 2:00 pm, 11th June 2009

Order. I am sorry that the Minister has had to suffer a double whammy, but we must now proceed to the next debate.

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Beatrice Rogers
Posted on 12 Jun 2009 10:58 am (Report this annotation)

So many words are said by so many about carers and in particular young carers but substantially nothing changes. We are long since past the time when there should be less talk and more action. Respite care and help towards healthy living are desperately needed by carers.

Clive Arnold
Posted on 12 Jun 2009 11:24 am

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Simon Draper
Posted on 12 Jun 2009 1:22 pm (Report this annotation)

They say 2018 will be when the benifits will be sorted?? 9years to go, what about now? Carers struggle daily to pay bills and deal with all the other things they have to do. They can't goto work even part time because if they have Income Support they are only able to earn £20 before money is taken out. Why can't they get the idea that some carers can and want to work just for a bit of respite and allow them to earn what Carers Allowance allows them to. (£95) that way they are actually going to be able to top up there benifits so they are actually earning Minimum Wage for caring.

Ian Sandeman
Posted on 12 Jun 2009 6:27 pm (Report this annotation)

3,538,226 people were identified as "providing care" to someone defined as either of ill health or just elderly.

Of those 3.5 million there may have been some who did 20 hours per week, but mostly they may have been only 1 hour per week. There is no way to prove it as the peoples names are sealed for 100 years.

Because of the way the Census questions are designed it produces misleading data.

The next Census questions should be designed to yield less misleading data, but yet the government is quite content to go with exactly the same questions as 2001, that produced misleading data, I wonder why?