Budget 2018 will be announced on Tuesday 10th October 2017. Family Carers Ireland are calling for a fairer budget for family carers.
Through our #ShareTheCare campaign we have been working hard to influence Government.
- Our pre budget submission highlights how Budget 2018 should be made fairer for carers
- We have been meeting as many Government TDs as possible to gain their support for budget changes
- Family carers have shared on national airwaves how the lack of respite and poor discharge from hospital to home is affecting them
- Hundreds of family carers, yielding a social reach of 137,000 people, have supported our Thunderclap campaign calling for a fairer budget for family carers.
This action has ensured that Government TDs are in no doubt about the changes family carers need to see in Budget 2018. We are calling on Government to make three firm commitments to ‘share the care’:
- Immediate investment in homecare – carers urgently need a right to homecare. For too long homecare has been underfunded, inconsistent and inequitable. Family carers can’t continue unsupported while waiting for legislation to be enacted.
- Support all carers to ensure they aren’t financially burdened by their caring role. Three quarters of family carers don’t receive the Carers Allowance. Priorities for Family Carers Ireland include increasing the Carer Support Grant to €2,000 and reinstating the Bereavement Grant of €850 to help with funeral costs.
- Allocate funding for a new National Carers’ Strategy (2018-2022). With more funding available, this strategy must be adequately resourced to implement real supports for family carers.
Our full pre budget submission (PDF) is very detailed and contains strong requests that relate to all caring situations.
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