Corby MP campaigns for carers

MP Andy Sawford visits Willow Brook House care home, Corby, as part of National Care Home Open Day. He is pictured with residents Betsy Stewart and Brenda Oliver
MP Andy Sawford visits Willow Brook House care home, Corby, as part of National Care Home Open Day. He is pictured with residents Betsy Stewart and Brenda Oliver

Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford has been campaigning in Parliament on behalf of carers.

In a speech in the House of Commons Mr Sawford highlighted the issues facing carers and urged the Government to do more to support them.

He said: “There are 15,000 people in Corby and East Northamptonshire who are caring for loved ones.

“Many of these people will have jobs and other family to look after. For these people, finding enough time in the day can be extremely difficult.”

Mr Sawford highlighted the financial pressures on carers, particularly those over the age of 65 who are unable to receive carers allowance because they receive the state pension.

Carers UK’s analysis of the recent census shows that the fastest growing group of carers are people over 65 with a 62 per cent rise in Corby and East Northamptonshire.

Mr Sawford said: “They still face additional costs as a result of caring and have often lost earnings from retiring early to care.

“We should be doing much more to support these people. The care they provide saves billions of pounds for the NHS.”

On Friday, June 21, Mr Sawford visited Willow Brook House care home in South Road, Corby when it opened its doors to the public.

The open day was one of many around the country in support of National Care Home Open Day on Friday.

Willow Brook House is part of the Orchard Care Homes Group and the staff put on special activities for the day to connect residents with the local community.

Orchard’s chief executive Paul Mancey said: “We are always delighted to welcome local people into our home to show them how good elderly care can be. It is good to dispel a few myths and show what life in a care home is all about.”