I had a carers assessment a few years back and they decided that as I worked full time and looked after my mum who is blind and has Parkinson dementia that I was earning too much to be entitled to any benefits as such
They did decide though as all my work holiday time is used up on hospital appointments etc and I have next to no social time off or a holiday in the last 6 years that they would give me £20 a week to spend on “treating” myself to maybe a relaxing massage or something
The trouble is unless I was to visit some iffy CHEAP back street massage parlour that’s they advertise in the back of the local newspaper and the cost of having to get a carer to sit with my mum for a couple of hours at £23 a hour it would leave me out of pocket by about £40.
Now I am grateful ( in a way) that I’m worth a whopping £20 a week…but my question to you guys is that really the going rate ?
Another carer I know says she saves her vouchers that the council send he so she has at least an afternoon off every week…!!
Have I been fobbed off by the council with the £20 or should I request another assessment ( especially as the last one was two years ago and was only to see if I ACTUALLY still qualified for the £20)
Hope you can advise or recommend a cheaper massage parlour
Enough in various threads / forum postings to wake up the entire population to the " Joys " of those in today’s " Cut … and cut
again … and when finished , cut through the bone ! " world.
Yes … LAs ARE expected to produce monies and support to carers ( IF they qualify ! ) … Care Act , 2014 spells that out.
Trouble is , many simply do not have the monies … ignore what that Care Act has to say for itself and … hope that those
victims do not then fire off complaints to the LA and Social Care Ombudsman who, in turn , will examine the complaint …
if upheld , said LA will find itself in the dock … with restitution to the claimant as a forfeit.
The " Books " will say otherwise … or diplomatically avoid the real situation out there. On this forum , we tell all and sundry EXACTLY how things are out there !
We would be failing in our " Duty " to our fellow carers if we didn’t !
Another " Right " that does exist … on paper … one needs to take measures to enforce it !
( As for cheap massage parlours , I will diplomatically stay silent … and NO … not plead the 5th. ! )
Lol…thanks Chris, spilt me tea when I read the last bit about the cheap massage and your lack of knowledge !!!
I am honestly gratefully for the £20 don’t get me wrong but it’s the lack of increase in line with the new minimum wages etc and a question of should I be requesting a review since I haven’t had an assessment for nearly 3 years ? Or do I risk rocking the boat and they take it away all together ?
If I wasn’t claiming my state pension, I’d be getting a whopping £66.15p for 105 hours per week, but as it is I get zilch. I do still have the entitlement to Carers Allowance, (they even wrote and told me that), but until the government run out of cash to pay my pension I won’t receive it.
So, I think you’re doing well to get £20 out of them.
I do a pretty fair massage if you’re anywhere close to SW Hants., just touching some female flesh that didn’t involve bum wiping would be a refreshing change.