Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

"The work of carers largely goes unmentioned, but that is not to say that it is unrecognised." - Flanagan

Published: 8 June, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has highlighted the work of carers across the North and has vowed his support to them, during the annual Carers Week campaign. (8th - 14th June 2015)

Speaking during Carers Week, Mr. Flanagan said,

"Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across the North.

"There are 214,000 people in the North supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill. That equates to roughly 1 in 8 of my constituents in Fermanagh and South Tyrone who are caring, voluntarily, for family and friends.

"Carers make an outstanding contribution to communities, holding families together and enabling loved ones to get the most out of life - their care saves the local economy £4.4billion a year.

"Despite this, carers face unprecedented levels of hardship with benefits and support being eroded even more under the welfare cuts agenda being pursued by the British government and championed by some of the parties locally.

The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA continues,

"The work of carers largely goes unmentioned, but that is not to say that it is unrecognised. Their hard work, commitment and selflessness is an inspiration to us all.

"Therefore I call on all members of the community to take part in #CarersWeek and visit www.carersweek.org to see what's happening in the area or to make a pledge online." ENDS