Over 60,000 Welsh carers will receive an annual bonus under a Liberal Democrat UK government, it has been announced today.
Liberal Democrats have made a manifesto pledge to give carers £250 per year, by the end of the next parliament.
In total more than 63,500 people in Wales would benefit from the Carer's Bonus. The annual payment will help full-time carers get a bit of extra help and recognises the invaluable contribution they make to society.
Research conducted by Carers UK revealed that almost half of all carers are struggling financially due to their caring roles.
Jenny Willott, Welsh Lib Dem MP for Cardiff Central said:
"I know how tirelessly carers work in my constituency. From talking to those with experience of caring, I know that one of the most important things to them is getting a break every now and again.
"That is why the Liberal Democrats will introduce a Carer's Bonus if we are in government again after the General Election next year.
"Carers provide almost 97% of unpaid care in Wales, saving the Welsh economy £7.72billion a year. These are people who deserve our support even in straightened times, which is why the Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a Carer's Bonus to give them a little extra help.
"It's completely up to the carers themselves how they spend it - it's a no strings attached bonus from a party that is grateful for the superhuman work they do."
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
"Carers are Britain's unsung heroes. Up and down the country behind closed doors, you'll find a hidden army of carers doing amazing things every day.
"It is estimated that six in ten of us will at some point in our lives find ourselves caring for someone else - an elderly relative, a sick child, a friend who needs our support.
"These are people who deserve our support even in straightened times, which is why the Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a Carer's Bonus to give them a little extra help."
The bonus would be worth £125 at the start of the next parliament and would rise to £250-a-year by 2020, with over 63,500 people in Wales eligible. It would be available to anyone who receives the Carer's Allowance or the Carer's Premium.