Carer poverty is increasing - as the benefit system is devastated; as care charges increase exponentially, as carers are forced to leave work to care, many find themselves struggling to afford the basic and subsidising care costs and paying for equipment.
Carer health is suffering - mental health, anxiety, physical pain, putting off their own health checks, often because there is no support to allow them to do this. Emergency planning to take account of carer needs/wellbeing is patchy at best.
Caring is emotionally and physically draining - we're storing up a carer wellbeing time bomb if we continue to abandon carers and leave them unsupported.
More carers are taking on multiple caring roles - and are left high and dry with increasing pressures and stress.
Carers are expected to do more and more without any real understanding of cost - to carers, to families, to communities and to our economy. Carers feel that they are exploited.
Young carers experience isolation and difficult circumstances - often as a result of lack of support to their wider family. Let's not lose these wonderful young people - let's not kill their dreams and ambitions.
Quality of life, participation and fulfilment of key human rights cannot be delivered with a low unit cost. Either we value disabled people and carers or we don't.
carers feel abandoned politically; when we try to reach out and help shape a better future, we find increasingly that doors are closed. We want to make things better and we want to help - if you'll let us.