Just a reminder of a long standing benefits injustice that most non carers aren't aware of - and are usually surprised to hear about. The exclusion of elderly carers from carers allowance.
If you're a carer for someone with a disability, it is strongly recommended that you do not get old yourself. A vast number of carers are in fact themselves elderly - it's really common. And carers are entitled to carers allowance (little though it is). Well not quite true. If you start to get a state pension, you will normally have your carers allowance stopped. (It's a bit more complex administratively than this - surprise, surprise - but that's the normal outcome.)
Caring doesn't stop or get any easier when people become pensioners, but the small payment for doing all the hours god sends and being on call for the rest stops - and so does any recognition of the value of all this effort incidentally.
If you're a carer, you probably know all about this. Most non carers are surprised. The government (all parties guilty here) are happy to stay quiet about it because there would probably be uproar if the voting public realized, and it keeps the governments spending bill down a little bit.
This is wrong. It's also heartless, discriminatory and profoundly unappreciative of the work carers do. Next time you hear a politician praise the invaluable work of a heroic carer, remind him/her/it that he/she/it has no right to speak about this until this injustice is rectified.