Challenge Poverty Week
“In terms of socio-economic factors, people living in the most deprived areas were more than twice as likely as those living in the least deprived areas to provide care for someone who did not live with them.”In the day-to-day work of our team, we challenge poverty in a number of ways, including signposting carers who are experiencing poverty to organisations that can help them, whether it’s with their SDS claim or general benefits advice. Primarily it is informing carers of their rights under the new Carers Act and empowering them to speak up. Carers on our network are standing up for themselves to improve their housing: this challenges poverty. We have members citing legislation to social work departments in order to get a realistic SDS budget that will allow them to live the life they are entitled to, whether they are in or out of work: this challenges poverty. tide carers are using their increased confidence from working with us to find work after their caring journey has ended: this challenges poverty. By investing in carers as individuals we are building a network of carers who are able to hold local authorities, health boards and governments across the UK to account. This builds momentum for society to re-evaluate the status that caring for someone is given and helps break down the gendered poverty experienced by those caring for someone with dementia. Part of this is a funding issue, but part of this is challenging our personal assumptions about who should do the work of caring for someone with dementia and the reality of what that should look like.