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Give family carers a break; Letters.

I must respond to Stephanie Stone who, like others, celebrates the work of carers, not paid care workers but a family member who provides care, often 24/7. We must be honest, carers don't have any useful rights at all. Working carers do have some limited rights, as a carer I am denied free respite care.

My mother, a WWII disabled veteran, is entitled to four weeks' free respite care yearly but only if her regular carer, that's me, is either ill or hospitalised.

We must provide a minimum of 35 hours of personal care for the lowest benefit payable carers allowance of PS62 per week - that's about PS15 less than unemployment benefit and carers don't even have the right to free prescriptions or dental/optical care.

The charity Revitalise offers respite care for carers and the disabled person they care for.

Carers need respite care to give them a break from caring - we need the right to a holiday alone.

GEORGE HERSCHEL, Choppington

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 10, 2015
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