This week is Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and recognise the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK. And I am joining carers at a local event to listen to their views on caring responsibilities. Like some of my constituents, there are 6.5 million people across the UK who are carers.
This year the government is spending over £50 billion to support those with disabilities and health conditions. This is around 2.5% of GDP, and over 6% of overall government spending. This year, spending on the main disability benefits – PIP, DLA and Attendance Allowance – will have been £5 billion higher than in 2010.