The UK government has announced a package worth £255
million in order to improve carers lives, but analysts say this might not be
enough for them to come out of poverty.
The decade-long strategy calls for £150 million to fund
respite care and £38 million for annual health checks to for physical and emotional health of the
Charities welcomed the initiative, but said it might not
"While there is much to be welcomed in the carers'
strategy, the number one concern for parents caring for a disabled child is the
constant battle to avoid the poverty trap," said Jill Harrison, the
external affairs director for Contact a Family. "This is a missed
opportunity to lift disabled children and their families out of poverty."
The government sought
the advice of 33,000 people before forming this strategy. It is reported that
there are 6 million carers in the UK.