Family carers have been urged to fill in a canvassing card to present to general election candidates, urging them to support their unpaid work and their contribution to society.
Launching its pre-election campaign outside Leinster House shortly after the Dáil was dissolved, Family Carers Ireland members said they were not looking for “the sun, moon and stars”, but wanted to be treated fairly.
The campaign, titled Election 2016: Achieving Fairness for Family Carers, notes that nearly 200,000 family carers provide 6,287,510 hours of unpaid care each week in the State.
The organisation claims this work saves the State €4 billion each year, but that many family carers are still struggling.
“Each year vital respite, home, day and residential care services are reduced as a result of a €2.7 billion cut in health and social care spending since 2009,” the organisation said.
Full story courtesy of the Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/carers-to-urge-election-candidates-to-back-fairness-campaign-1.2521061