‘Immense contribution of carers must be recognised’ – Anderson

The ‘immense contribution’ that carers make to aiding and protecting the most vulnerable must be recognised, not least by ensuring they receive a living wage, Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has said.

The Foyle MLA was commenting after the Minister for Health announced plans to provide additional financial support for childcare providers.

Martina Anderson said: “While the additional support for the childcare sector is welcome, I know that many carers feel hurt that they have again been left out.

 “The Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated the immense contribution that carers make to aiding and protecting the most vulnerable in our society, both in residential settings and their own homes.

“They are doing so despite the enormous risk and despite the fact that many of them take home a salary that is below minimum wage.

“On a personal level, I am deeply appreciative of the valuable role they play, not just in the face of this crisis, but at all times. As a family, we could not have coped with caring for my mother at home through her illness had it not been for the wonderful carers who helped us through every single day.

“Our carers carry huge responsibilities, looking after dozens of elderly people in a single shift, whilst putting themselves in the front line of the battle against Covid-19. They should be properly recognised and rewarded for the incredible role they play, not least by ensuring they are paid a proper living wage.”