Allowance is crucial to carers

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Campaigners marked the start of National Carers Week with a stark warning of a looming crisis as government cuts to benefits and services threaten to leave carers unable to do their job.

Campaigners marked the start of National Carers Week with a stark warning of a looming crisis as government cuts to benefits and services threaten to leave carers unable to do their job.

Six million unpaid carers save the economy £119 billion every year yet the decision to care can mean a commitment to future poverty.

Carers allowance is a crucial, albeit limited, source of income for carers who often have demanding responsibilities which limit their access to work and education.

Those who are most disadvantaged and who need the most support seem to be bearing the brunt.

Carers Week runs until June 19.

Coun T Fox, Manor Castle Ward

Good districts now sink estates

A FAMILY from hell (five kids, four dogs, parents who never worked and never will) just trashed their home so the council’s moved them 50 yards down the road. A common story! But let’s go back 60 years to when my aunt’s family got their key to a council house after a long wait and were able to tick the right boxes (ie respectable, in work, etc).

It was on a fine new estate called Parson Cross, of which she and many more were so proud they never stopped bragging about it.

But time moves on. The rot started after the Wilson government allowed misfits to be allocated social housing. Then Thatcher gave tenants the right to buy. Obviously they took the best.

Then other problems followed, along with an apathetic attitude from the authorities which sadly still exists.

So is it any surprise that once good districts have become today’s sink estates?

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Out to grass?

It was interesting to read that more than 200 hospital staff in Sheffield, who are over 65 years, have been forced out of work. In the town hall we have several councillors, some years over retiring age, still in work? Time they were put out to grass?

JP Brotherton, Southey