There are tens of thousands of people in the UK who care for close relative, partner or friend on a 24 hour a day, seven day a week basis.
For years campaigns have been waged to try and improve the allowances paid to these carers and offer greater access to other much-needed support like respite care.
The Government finally got around to increasing the care allowance last October, but now an estimated 40,000 carers have fallen foul of a piece of jumbled officialdom.
This is not just a case of giving with one hand and taking away with another. It is giving with one hand, taking it back with the other, then using both hands to spin the unsuspecting victim around a bit until they have no idea what is up and what is down, let alone seek a way out of this labyrinth the Government has managed to construct.
What should be a straight-forward exercise in providing financial assistance to those who need it has inevitably become suffocated in red tape.
The Government’s attempt to right this wrong – a £30 million package – has been welcomed by groups such as Carers UK.
But it must not be forgotten that this is merely a first step in providing the level of support and assistance carers require.
There is an awful lot more work that needs to be done and how quickly that is achieved will show just how much of a caring society we currently live in.