State's disdain for full-time carers
Published 11/12/2010 | 05:00
I hardly know how to express my anger at what the Government has done to welfare recipients. I am writing specifically about carers in the home, because this is my experience.
For six years I cared full-time for a dependent parent. Except for the work of a few wonderful paid carers for a few hours a week I was unsupported. I lived in fear of becoming ill myself.
Carers save this country huge sums every year. They work with little or no respite, constantly tired, often isolated and lonely. They may face present and future financial hardship. They are not members of powerful unions. They cannot leave their responsibilities to go on protest demonstrations.