This week is Carers Week and I am happy to support this annual campaign, which recognises the vital contribution that carers make, not only to the people they care for, but to our local communities and our economy too.
It is clear that carers provide a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable older and disabled people in our society, as well as looking after children, other family members, or neighbours. They save the economy billions of pounds each year and without them the NHS would probably collapse.
Due to an ageing population and with more people living for longer with a serious illness, the number of people who have caring responsibilities is increasing. According to Carers UK, currently one in eight adults provide unpaid care to a family member or friend, and every day 6, 000 people become carers.
I am interested to find out more about the situation of people with caring responsibilities in Stockport, so I have been carrying out a survey to ask people about their experiences and the difficulties that they face. Of course I understand that this does not apply to everybody, however if you do have caring responsibilities and live within my Stockport constituency, I would be most grateful if you could spare five minutes to complete my survey and share your comments with me.
You can complete the survey online via the following link – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MMRKWQQ