As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle today (see below), Michael is urging people caring for ill or disabled loved ones in Barnsley to access all the support they are entitled to during these tough economic times.
There are over 28,000 carers in Barnsley and it has been estimated that they save approximately £592 million a year for the state with the unpaid care they provide. But estimates from Carers UK show that over 1,500 carers in Barnsley are missing out on benefits that they are entitled to but are unaware of.
Commenting, Michael Dugher said: "Carers are fulfilling a vital role in our society, but too often they go without the support they need. We all need to play a role in helping to identify people who are looking after ill, frail or disabled loved ones and make sure they are accessing all the financial and practical support they can. I urge carers in Barnsley to get in touch with the CarersLine on 0808 808 777 to find out what help is out there.”