On 28 October 2010, Grandparents Plus launched a campaign and survey report to highlight the impact of welfare reform and spending cuts on family and friends carers.
The survey reveals the challenges facing grandparent carers, including:
- Two thirds have a household income of under £300 a week
- 7% don’t receive any kind of benefit or allowance for looking after a child – not even child benefit
- 4 out of 10 (41%) are raising a child alone
- Over half (57%) gave up work or reduced their hours to take on care of a child.
- 88% of the carers are under 65, half of them are under 55
- 6 out of 10 have a chronic health condition or a disability
The report shows that children living in family and friends care are a particularly vulnerable group, having experienced parental alcohol or drug misuse, abuse, neglect or domestic violence, or the long-term illness of a parent. Grandparents Plus has also found that 4 out of 10 of these children have difficulties at schools such as making friends and some experience bullying.
An Early Day Motion ‘calls on the Government to ensure that family and friends carers are not disadvantaged by welfare reform and cuts to local authority children’s services’.
Click here for report