Michael Fabricant is supporting a national campaign to ensure that carers
are aware of their rights and entitlements. The campaign, run by Carers
UK, seeks to increase the take-up of benefits and raise awareness of carer’s
rights and the support that they might be able to get.
Michael says, "It is vital that carers in Burntwood and Lichfield and
elsewhere claim the benefits to which they are entitled. We know that
between 40 and 60% of benefits go unclaimed and this could be providing
vital income as well as protecting carer’s pensions in retirement. This is
key issue to avoid poverty and hardship now and the future, particularly for
"Research by Carers UK shows us that older carers face particular hardship
through missing out on work opportunities, often having to retire early
because of their caring role, and not having the opportunity to top up their
pension with a part time job. It is vital that carers know their rights to
benefits such as Pension Credit, to ensure that they get the support they
There are over six million carers in the UK, who provide essential support,
saving the country £57 billion each year, equivalent to the cost of the NHS.
Every year over 2.3 million people become carers. Many of these people
remain unaware of the benefits and services that are available to them.
Michael adds, "It’s a real concern that carers in the West Midlands may not
be getting all the help they are entitled to. Carers need support – they
save the country a fortune and without them, the NHS and social care system
would collapse. Research has shown that many carers are living in poverty
where they, and it is vital that they are given information about their
rights so that they get the support they need."