Disability News

For too long carers have been Britain's hidden workers.

Selflessly looking after the young, old and disabled, this army of helpers slave away on a pittance.

It would be wrong to describe what they do as a full-time job because those of us who work in shops, offices and factories put in 40 or 50 hours a week and can always walk away.

Carers frequently toil around the clock all year. And without heroic sacrifices made to improve life for the most vulnerable, society would collapse.

Millions of individuals would be abandoned with social services forced to step in, the financial cost alone of organising replacement carers a burden the government would struggle to fund.

Gordon Brown's acknowledgement of the true value of carers and the frank admission they have been let down for decades, is welcome.

But carers don't just want the Prime Minister's sympathy - they deserve extra cash under the benefits system to help them cope and ease the strain.

Over to you, Mr Brown.