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Carers' Poverty Charter

EDM number 42 in 2009-10, proposed by Paul Burstow on 18/11/2009.
Categorised under the topic of Sickness, disability and carers' benefits.

That this House notes that in the National Strategy for Carers the Government pledged that by 2018 carers will be supported so that they are not forced into financial hardship by their caring role; believes that carers cannot wait because too many are living in poverty and financial hardship now, struggling to afford the basic costs of living, unable to study or work without their benefits being cut off, or facing the removal of their allowance when they start to claim their pension; further notes that the UK's six million carers save the country an estimated 87 billion per year, and that in return, the main carer's benefit is the lowest of its kind, paid at only 53.10 a week for a minimum of 35 hours caring, equivalent to 1.52 per hour, far short of the national minimum wage of 5.73 per hour; supports the Carer's Poverty Charter signed by the Alzheimer's Society, Carers UK, Citizens Advice, Contact a Family, Counsel and Care, Crossroads Caring for Carers, Every Disabled Child Matters, for dementia, Mencap, Macmillan Cancer, Motor Neurone Disease Society, National Autistic Society, Oxfam, Parkinson's Disease Society, Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Rethink, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers and Vitalise; and calls on the Government to set out an urgent timetable of action to improve carers' benefits and income that protects carers from falling into poverty or financial hardship, reflects carers' different circumstances, helps carers to combine caring with paid work and study and is easy to understand and straightforward to claim.

This motion has been signed by a total of 60 MPs.

Paul Burstow18/11/2009Sutton and CheamLiberal DemocratProposed
Bob Spink18/11/2009Castle PointIndependentSeconded
Andrew George19/11/2009St IvesLiberal DemocratSeconded
Mike Hancock19/11/2009Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSeconded
Adrian Sanders19/11/2009TorbayLiberal DemocratSeconded
Peter Bottomley19/11/2009Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Annette Brooke19/11/2009Mid Dorset and North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Sandra Gidley19/11/2009RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Jeremy Corbyn19/11/2009Islington NorthLabourSigned
Colin Breed19/11/2009South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Simpson19/11/2009Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Bob Russell19/11/2009ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
David Heyes23/11/2009Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned
Paul Holmes23/11/2009ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Robert Wareing23/11/2009Liverpool, West DerbyIndependentSigned
Stephen Williams23/11/2009Bristol WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Durkan24/11/2009FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Hywel Williams24/11/2009CaernarfonPlaid CymruSigned
John McDonnell24/11/2009Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
David Simpson25/11/2009Upper BannDUPSigned
Mark Hunter25/11/2009CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
John Leech25/11/2009Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Phil Willis25/11/2009Harrogate and KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratSigned
David Drew25/11/2009StroudLabourSigned
Nigel Dodds25/11/2009Belfast NorthDUPSigned
Janet Dean25/11/2009BurtonLabourSigned
Ann Cryer25/11/2009KeighleyLabourSigned
William McCrea25/11/2009South AntrimDUPSigned
Kim Howells25/11/2009PontypriddLabourSigned
John Mason26/11/2009Glasgow EastScottish National PartySigned
Elfyn Llwyd26/11/2009Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Willie Rennie26/11/2009Dunfermline and West FifeLiberal DemocratSigned
Richard Younger-Ross26/11/2009TeignbridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
Rudi Vis26/11/2009Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Neil Gerrard26/11/2009WalthamstowLabourSigned
Albert Owen26/11/2009Ynys MLabourSigned
Ian McCartney26/11/2009MakerfieldLabourSigned
Chris McCafferty26/11/2009Calder ValleyLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins26/11/2009TamworthLabourSigned
Martin Caton26/11/2009GowerLabourSigned
Paul Keetch30/11/2009HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Etherington30/11/2009Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Anne Main30/11/2009St AlbansConservativeSigned
Lady Hermon01/12/2009North DownUUPSigned
Mark Fisher02/12/2009Stoke-on-Trent CentralLabourSigned
Lorely Burt02/12/2009SolihullLiberal DemocratSigned
Jo Swinson03/12/2009East DunbartonshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Marsha Singh07/12/2009Bradford WestLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell07/12/2009Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Cousins07/12/2009Newcastle upon Tyne CentralLabourSigned
Gregory Campbell08/12/2009East LondonderryDUPSigned
George Galloway10/12/2009Bethnal Green and BowRespectSigned
Andrew Pelling10/12/2009Croydon CentralIndependentSigned
Dan Rogerson10/12/2009North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Evan Harris16/12/2009Oxford West and AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
Kelvin Hopkins05/01/2010Luton NorthLabourSigned
Andy Reed07/01/2010LoughboroughLabourSigned
Martin Horwood26/01/2010CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Greg Mulholland28/01/2010Leeds North WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Malcolm Bruce04/03/2010GordonLiberal DemocratSigned

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