I am a carer as some might know. I constantly write to govt ministers on issues facing carers.I figure that if carers really matter to the govt then they will listen to me but guess what. Nothing. Nada zilch.
I have written to Fine Gael and Labour both who claim to care deeply for carers in there manifestos and on there website and neither has come back to me.
Now dont get me wrong i dont write dozens of pee me off letters just maybe 4 a year or so. What i would have though normal...
So having been told by the last govt and now the current govt that they "care" for us. Really, what in what way do they care? We are usually a group of people who are very seriously stretched. We cannot talk ****e about national debt when we are usually dealing with our own internal crisis.
So really what can we do? Just listen to the govt spouting crap or is there some legal challange available?
Let me give you an example of a carers situation.
A carer usually gets to see the person they love grow old and increasingly dependent. They may have to mop up tons of there loved ones sick and toilet. They usually have to wash them and insure they dont come immobile. Its not an easy life and gets harder as the carer gets older. This is not a chosen life its an accepted life.
What do we get in return? We get carers allowence, dont get me wrong we are greatful for the support. But explain this to me. Why is it that a carer is acknowledged as doing a brilliant job but is yet deducted when other welfare departments are deducted? If we chose to give up careing our dependent would require a lot more expense.
Additionally, as a carer our job ends when the cared for passes away or in instationalised. Now look at this statement. As a parent you go from looking after your special needs child all your life to being broken in spirit to having no work experience, no pension and no prospects.
What do the govt do when i write to them on these issues.... Nothing! What remedy is open to me....Dont vote for them! That is easy to say but when they collectivly lie to us carers it means we have to accept these lies.
As really....What can we do as regards a political sway