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I am a 24/7 carer for my husband, I am 72 years old and cannot claim for Carers Allowance because I get a full state pension.
What I cannot understand is that if I wanted a day off for a break I would have to pay for a carer by the hour out of my own pocket.
I have looked into it and you have to earn less than a certain amount before you can claim Carers allowance, so by getting a state pension I am over the income limit.
If I walked out of the house tonight and never came back my husband would be taken into a care home and looked after by the government, costing thousands of pounds, so why can't they give me a measley £60 odd per week for me to pay someone so I can take a day off.
I never stop, I have bought walkied talkies so he is in constant touch with me when I am making meals in case he needs me otherwise I am up and down the stairs, I have to shower and dress him. Make all his food etc. I will always look after him but I need a day off once a week for myself, all my friends have gone, I see no-one from one day to the next, my sons make a flying visit and I am making meals and cups of tea for them. They text me asking how their dad is, never ask about me.
On the leaflets it states Carers allowance is NOT means tested but that means your savings are not taken into account but your income is.
It is about time that carers got what they are entitled to, if we all downed tools there would be one hell of a mess, and thousands of patients would die because there was no-one to look after them, they would be put in hospitals, care homes, that is if there was room. The government need to think about that instead of giving money left right and centre to people who have never paid a penny into the coffers in their life.
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