New report on the Human Rights of Carers launched on Carers Rights Day 2014
November 28, 2014
On Carers Rights Day 2014, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission & Carers NI have launched a new report “The Human Rights of Carers”. The report examines the lived experiences of carers in Northern Ireland and how their caring responsibility impacts on their enjoyment of rights.
Director Carers NI, Helen Ferguson commented:
“The vital support that carers provide is unpaid, but too often it comes at a great cost to the carer. Any one of us could find ourselves caring for a disabled, ill or frail relative or friend. We should be able to support the people we care for without damaging our own health, work prospects and financial security. We are delighted that this important report, which shows how carers’ rights could be better protected in Northern Ireland, is being launched on Carers Rights Day.”
NIHRC Chief Commissioner, Les Allamby, said:
“There are at least 214,000 Carers in Northern Ireland providing unpaid care. We know that this includes children and older people who may themselves be vulnerable. Independent research suggests that unpaid care in Northern Ireland is valued at £4.4billion a year. Human rights can ensure public services and policies that properly recognise, identify and support carers. This report considers how government has fulfilled its obligation towards carers and looks at the impact of proposed reforms. It makes practical recommendations needed to improve the level of support provided to carers in Northern Ireland.”