Vaughan Gething MS welcomes new fund to help Cardiff South and Penarth’s unpaid carer

The Welsh Labour Government has announced a £1 million fund to help unpaid carers in Cardiff South and Penarth and across Wales to cope with the financial pressures of Covid-19.

Open to carers across Wales, the Carers Support Fund will see grants of up to £300 made available for a range of essentials, including; food, household items such as furniture or white goods, or electronics such as a laptop for access to support and services.

There are around 55,300 people in Wales who receive a carer’s allowance and recent research suggests that almost 40% of carers are worried about their financial situation.

Vaughan Gething said: 

“Unpaid carers in Cardiff South and Penarth make such a difference to the people the care for, their families and their wider communities.

For many carers, the pandemic has had a significant and negative impact on their health, wellbeing and financial security. 

The Carers Support Fund will help to alleviate some of these additional, unnecessary pressures and help to support them maintain a normal life as possible.” 

The funding support will be delivered through Carers Trust Wales who have been working throughout the pandemic to support unpaid carers and will be available up to 31 March 2021