Speaking at a Carers Rights Day event at Launceston Town Hall, Local MP Dan Rogerson said more needs to be done to support the 10,235 carers in North Cornwall who are the unsung heroes of the system.
New research by Carers UK shows there are 3,350 people who begin caring annually in North Cornwall.
Carers save the state tens of billions of pounds a year, and Dan's wants to see a package of measures introduced to offer them more support.
Dan is supporting plans to raise the amount carers can earn alongside their carers allowance, to introduce more flexible working hours, and to support for carers in returning to the jobs market.
This follows Lib Dem plans announced earlier this year to introduce an annual Carer’s Bonus of up to £250 to recognise the contribution carers make.
Speaking on Carers Rights Day (Friday, 28th November) Dan Rogerson said “There are over 10,000 carers in our area – they are the unsung heroes of our care system and they all do a remarkable job. I want to make sure they receive the support they need.
“In Government Liberal Democrats have legislated for carers to have new rights to get the support they need and have funded more breaks for carers, but I’d like to go further to make sure that carers get the support at the right time - from financial support to help getting back into work or to deal with the NHS.
“Carers contribute so much to our economy and society I want to make it easier for them to stay in work and balance their caring responsibilities with other parts of their lives.”