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Petition demands 'better support for carers'

A Westcountry carer has started a campaign calling on the Government to change the carer's allowance.

Terry Vayliffe who is based in Torquay and grew up in Gloucester founded the National Union of Carers in Babbacombe.

He says with increasing numbers of carers he current £62 a week is too small.

Terry wants it raised to £95 and for support to help carers re-enter the workforce

The 69 year old has now started a petition on the Parliament website and is hoping it will be debated if he secures more than 100-thousand signatures.

The petition reads: "Support carers and their families caring at home. 

"More financial and physical support to help relieve the enormous stress and strains put on their lives. 

"I have been a carer three times during a forty year period and personally seen and endured this most destructive way of life caring can often be."

To sign the petition click here

For more about the National Union of Carers click here

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