Soon the people of Ireland will elect 158 TDs to Dáil Éireann. This is a real opportunity to ensure that those elected recognise and are prepared to act to meet the needs of families who care.
Join us in asking candidates in your area:
- Will you work to ensure family carers don’t suffer financial hardship as a result of caring?
- Will you work to create a more ‘carer-friendly’ health service, and to ensure family carers and our loved ones have access to the services we require?
- Will you lend your support to young carers, and work to protect them from an uncertain future?
- Are you committed to the renewal and adequate funding of the National Carers’ Strategy, setting out a clear action plan for 2016-2020?
- Will you act as a ‘Carer Champion’ and ensure family carers have a voice at Government level?
When family carers act together we can have real impact. We did so recently in October’s budget and we can do so again with Election 2016. That is why we are asking you to take the following actions to raise awareness of our election priorities.
- Use our online tool to send a personal message for the candidates in your area. This is our big ask. If you do nothing else take this step to influence future decision makers today.
- Print our canvass card to have to hand when canvassers call or to share with friends
- Read our manifesto to learn about the detail behind our election priorities
Making candidates aware of our election campaign is important. Despite some advancement in carer policy at national level and the development of initiatives to meet carer needs, the harsh reality is that many caring families continue to struggle. Isolation, financial hardship, poor health and exclusion from paid work remain hallmarks of carers’ lives. Carers find it more and more difficult to get help, as each year vital respite, home, day and residential care services are chipped away as a result of a €2.7 billion cut in health and social care spending since 2009. Despite this, the number of people caring for a loved one at home continues to rise, with some 6,287,510 hours of unpaid care provided each week, worth an estimated €4 billion per year.
Now that Ireland’s economy is in recovery, we’re encouraging you to join carers around the country in putting our election priorities to candidates in your area.
By taking part in our campaign you’ll be joining carers all over the country. Together we can make the next government sit up and listen to carers’ concerns.