Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for greater awareness and support for carers after the Covid pandemic, during this year’s Carers Week. Carers Week is an annual campaign to recognise the contribution of unpaid carers across the UK, which has become increasingly important during the pandemic. Mr Carmichael joined a Carers Drop-In event on Monday to discuss the challenges faced by carers in the past year.
The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to provide emergency funding to give carers a break from dramatically increased caring responsibilities. Data from Carers UK shows 64% of carers have not been able to take any sort of a break during the pandemic.
Mr Carmichael said:
“People in the isles looking after their loved ones have been doing a remarkable job in very difficult circumstances. It is only right that we recognise their contribution even more this year after months of challenging conditions through the pandemic.
“I was glad this week to meet with care groups virtually to discuss the challenges they have faced and the actions they are calling for from government. I know from the work I do with constituents and community organisations just how serious these challenges have been but greater awareness and appreciation can only be a positive shift.
“Unpaid carers have taken on dramatically increased caring responsibilities in the past year and most haven’t been able to take a proper break since the pandemic started. That is why it is essential that we give greater personal support to carers so that they do not have to struggle alone. Representatives at all levels need to do their part to get more help to carers.