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Lib Dems promise Carer’s Bonus of up to £250 for Britain’s “unsung heroes”

NEARLY 1000 carers in Guildford will receive a bonus worth up to £250-a-year under a Liberal Democrat government, it has been announced.

 

The no strings attached Carer’s Bonus will help more than one million people who look after disabled loved-ones.

 

The annual payment will help full-time carers get a bit of extra help and recognises the invaluable contribution they make to society.

 

In total 970 carers in Guildford will benefit from the Carer’s Bonus.

 

Kelly-Marie Blundell said:

 

“Carers are Britain’s unsung heroes. Up and down the country behind closed doors, you’ll find a hidden army of carers doing amazing things every day.

 

“It is estimated that six in ten of us will at some point in our lives find ourselves caring for someone else – an elderly relative, a sick child, a friend who needs our support.

 

“These are people who deserve our support even in straightened times, which is why the Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a Carer’s Bonus to give them a little extra help.

 

“It’s completely up to the carers themselves how they spend it – it’s a no strings attached bonus from a party that is grateful for the superhuman work they do.”

 

The bonus would be worth £125 at the start of the next parliament and would rise to £250-a-year by 2020, with around 1.1 million people eligible.

 

The annual bonus would be available to anyone who receives the Carer’s Allowance or the Carer’s Premium.

 

Liberal Democrat Care Minister, Norman Lamb added:

 

“We know how hard carers work and that one of the most important things to them is getting a break every now again.

 

“It is why the Liberal Democrats will introduce this Carer’s Bonus if we are in government again after the General Election.

 

“But it’s not for us to dictate to them what they do with it – carers know best how to spend the money in the way that will most benefit them and the people they care for.”

 

The pledge follows a number of measures introduced by the Coalition Government to support carers.

 

Successive Liberal Democrat Care Ministers Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb have led the work to better provide for Britain’s unsung heroes.

 

In Government the party has secured £800 million to fund short breaks for disabled children and their families.

 

Around £400 million has been set aside to support carers to take breaks from caring responsibilities.

 

While £3 million has been allocated to improve awareness and understanding about carers among health workers.

 

Former Care Minister Paul Burstow MP said:

 

“Carers are the backbone of our health and care system.  

 

“In my work developing the party’s response to the challenges and opportunities of our ageing society, I have been determined that we do more to support carers.

 

“The Carer’s Bonus recognises the contribution carers make day in day out. I am delighted Nick is signalling carers as a priority for our party.”

NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN WORK EQUALS RECORD HIGH – KELLY-MARIE BLUNDELL

The number of people in work in the UK has equalled a record high showing we are on the road to recovery, Kelly-Marie Blundell said today.

 

The employment rate has never been higher as the number of people in work reached a record high of 73.1 per cent only hit once before in 2005.

 

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said between March and May 30.64m people were in work, 254,000 more than between December and February and 929,000 more than a year earlier.

 

There is over 30,000 more jobs in Surrey than in 2010

 

Kelly-Marie Blundell said: “Today’s news sends a powerful message that this country is on the road to recovery.

 

“More people up and down the country are in work as we build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

 

“There are two million more people in private sector jobs, fewer unemployed young people and more women in work than ever before.

 

“Thanks to the Lib Dems there have also been a record number of new apprenticeships.”

 

Cabell Road – SUCCESS!

IMG_1153It has been a few years since Surrey Highways rebuilt one half of Cabell Road. Since then anyone who drives along the road knows which bit they’re on because of the shaking of the car or bus. Lib Dem Councillors have been campaigning with local residents to get the other half done and finally Fiona has had an email from Surrey to say that it will be will be finished by Christmas at the latest.

Fiona commented: “We thank the two ladies who live in Cabell Road for the time they took to get signatures on a petition which was taken to Guildford Local Committee and reminded them of how bad the road condition is”.

Weston Road – Still not on the list

Surrey have a project called Horizon to get the worst roads in the County repaired. There are other Westborough roads on the Horizon list but one which is not there is Weston Road. It needs a proper repair and not just another round of filling and hoping. Guildford Lib Dems will keep campaigning until it is sorted out.

Farnham Road Hospital construction well under way

IMG_1232Construction is well under way for the redevelopment of the Farnham Road hospital. The Surrey and Borders NHS partnership and Laing O’Rourke, the construction company, are working closely with residents to try to solve any issues as they arise.

Councillor Anne Meredith says “Being a town centre site there are bound to be complications but regular meetings are held with myself and Councillor David Goodwin to discuss problems, and we also attend the drop in sessions which are held regularly for residents. There are meetings on 21 August and 28 October from 4.00 – 7.30pm in the education centre on the second floor of the main hospital building on Farnham Road.”

You can find more information including quarterly newsletters on the website.

www.sabp.nhs.uk/aboutus/farnham-road-hospital/latestnews

Flooding update

IMG_0380Councillor Caroline Reeves says “We are very pleased to hear that The Environment Agency has received £1million to start work reversing the damage of the winter’s floods on the River Wey.

“The river experienced some of the highest flows in 15 years, resulting in it being the wettest winter on record. More than 160 properties were flooded in the Guildford and Godalming areas. In flood, the river carried a large amount of sand which has settled aroud bridg es and within the channe l of the river and the floodplain.

“The Environment Agency’s funding will allow it to start removing fallen trees and clearing areas where the sand has built up, with the work being carried out over the summer, focused initially between Guildford and Godalming. Residents who were flooded have all been offered the opportunity to meet with surveyors to assess the damages through the Surrey County Council repair and renew scheme.”