Queen’s Speech: Carers forgotten and ignored yet again

Liberal Democrats Leader Ed Davey has vowed to put carers on the parliamentary agenda, as the Conservative Government once again left them out in today’s Queen’s Speech.

Six other key Government publications from the past year – including the Budget, the Spending Review and the Health and Care white paper – also didn’t contain a single mention of unpaid carers.

The Liberal Democrats are pushing for carers to be explicitly included in the Health and Care Bill, which was announced in the Queen’s Speech today. Ed Davey is also proposing legislation that would give carers a new right to reasonable adjustments, to allow them to juggle work with caring responsibilities.

Liberal Democrats Leader Ed Davey commented: “This pandemic has shown that we are a nation of carers, but it’s also shown that carers are too often an afterthought for this Conservative Government.
“People looking after their loved ones are doing a remarkable and important job in the face of big challenges. They deserve our support, but have been forgotten and ignored again and again by the Tories.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey

“Conservative Ministers didn’t listen to our calls for Carer’s Allowance to go up during this pandemic, or for emergency funding for councils to give carers a break. And now Boris Johnson has left out unpaid carers from the Queen’s Speech altogether.

“I will keep fighting to put carers high up the parliamentary agenda. Liberal Democrats are standing up for carers and working to build a more caring society as we emerge from this pandemic.”

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