I really think this needs looking into by Carers UK, being an unpaid carer over 20 years i have heard and learnt so much.
I have read in a magazines that one set of parents get 10 nights respite a month, how? i have been told that night respite is not available.
And night care is not available but i have seen people on my street receiving night care, but night care is not available, yes it is.
A lady on my estate gets regular time at a respite centre, but i have been told that respite is not available.
I and many other unpaid carers know the address of this respite centre, but respite is not available.
Parents looking after their son, get 2 afternoons a week off, a carer comes to the house and takes their son out, shopping or the cinema or the ice rink, where ever he wants to go.
But i have been told this is not available, yes it is.
So what is going on here what is the criteria for getting breaks, respite and night care, i am told none of this exists, there is no money.
What are our rights to a break or respite or night care, just been told you have to pay for it yourselves.
If i was receiving carers allowance then maybe i could pay, but i don’t get a penny carers allowance.
NYCC are committed to make sure unpaid carers are supported and get regular breaks, but i am not getting support and have not have any breaks.
Is there guidance on all this? I am sure i have read about money allocated by the government given to councils to pay for carers breaks.
How much money is there to provide help and support for unpaid carers, can we find out through the freedom of information act?