There are an estimated 50,000 people in Wales caring for someone with a mental illness. More often than not, the responsibility falls on friends and family members who sacrifice their own careers and social lives to ensure their loved ones are looked after. In fact, many experts claim that without this unpaid care, the NHS and social services would collapse. Latest predictions show that the economic value of carers in the UK is estimated to be more than £130bn per year. But the hardship, stress and mental anguish these people go through is often behind closed doors and hidden from public view. We have spoken to three women who have unveiled the brutal reality of living as a carer to an unwell relative. Gloria Giles Ever since her son Lee was born 49 years ago, Gloria has dedicated her life to caring for him. As well as suffering from Tourette's syndrome - a condition which causes him to make involuntary sounds - Lee also has schizophrenia and bipolar disorder which prevent him … [Read more...] about The hidden and brutal reality of living as an unpaid carer
Can i claim carers allowance for my child
0 Have your say If you're the parent or carer of a school-aged child and are on a low income, you can claim free lunches for them. Here are the criteria for eligibility and how to claim according to Leeds City Council's guidance.Pupils in Key Stage One receive free meals regardless of their parents' earnings.You can claim free school meals if you receive any of these benefits- Income Support- Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit- Universal Credit, if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)- Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999- Child Tax Credit, if you have an annual taxable income (as assessed by H M Revenue and Customs) which does not exceed £16,190If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll continue to receive them until they move to … [Read more...] about Are you eligible to claim free school meals for your child in Leeds?
A FAMILY who lost their baby boy at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after a lengthy legal battle have expressed sympathy with Alfie Evans’s grieving parents. The Winston-Jones family came forward to offer support to bereaved Tom Evans and Kate James after toddler Alfie passed away on Sunday. Little Luke Winston-Jones died at the same hospital in Liverpool 14 years ago when he was just nine months old in November 2004. Today Luke’s older brother, Andrew, 25, said that the family stood in solidarity with Tom and Kate. The carer from Anglesey, North Wales, said: “I’m absolutely broken-hearted for them. The anguish that they must be feeling is unbearable. “Both Tom and Kate have to be extremely proud of the courageous fight that they, along with Alfie, showed the world. “I’m speaking on behalf of my mum, Ruth, 49, who is still completely torn up about what happened at Alder Hey all those years ago. “Luke’s death tore our family … [Read more...] about ‘We know how Alfie Evans’ family feels – I lost my precious little brother after Alder Hey docs refused him further treatment, even though we fought them all the way’
0 Have your say Sammy Woodhouse fought for years to bring the leader of a child grooming ring to justice. She is now revealing the gruelling experience of giving vital evidence against him in court in her new book. Four-and-a-half-years ago, Sammy Woodhouse set in motion a chain of events that brought the true scale of Rotherham’s child sexual exploitation scandal to light - and brought an evil grooming gang to justice.The 32-year-old’s account to journalist Andrew Norfolk in 2013 about how she had been sexually and physically abused by the age of 14 by grooming gang ringleader Arshid Hussain led both to the ordering of the Jay report which revealed at least 1,400 children had been sexually exploited in the town and the start of Operation Clover - a landmark police investigation that eventually resulted in 13 people being jailed for a combined 199 years after three trials.In an exclusive extract from her new book, Just a Child, Sammy explains what it was like to … [Read more...] about Sammy Woodhouse: How I gave evidence against serial child abuser who made me pregnant at 15
WHILE some Brits will have been smacked by their parents as a kid - and think it's OK - many see it as an unnecessary and harmful punishment. Here we tell you everything you need to know about smacking kids, and whether or not it's allowed by law... What is the law on smacking your children, and is it illegal? It is illegal for a parent or carer to smack their own child, except where it amounts to "reasonable punishment", according to section 58 of the Children Act 2004. The problem is, some people don't know what "reasonable punishment" means - with the age of the child and the force of the smack also being taken into account. Hitting a child in a way which causes wounding, actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm or child cruelty are all illegal. And the smacking of kids by teachers, nursery workers and child care workers - which was once allowed - is now banned. The Child Law Advice states:It is against the law for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this … [Read more...] about Is hitting your child illegal in the UK, what are the laws on smacking kids and has anyone been charged recently?