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"The most unpredictable Election in years provides a good opportunity to take stock and look at what carers want and need"

Heléna Herklots

Heléna Herklots
Chief Executive, Carers UK

It has certainly been an eventful few weeks. The most unpredictable Election result in years, combined with the release of our latest State of Caring report, provides a good opportunity to take stock and look both at what carers want and need from the new Government, and what plans the next Government might have in relation to carers.

What Makes a Hard Working Family?

Heléna Herklots

Heléna Herklots
Chief Executive, Carers UK

Throughout the election campaign we have heard a lot about 'hard working people' and 'hard working families'. But who are the hard working people of whom politicians speak?

Is 2015 the year when carers’ rights will catch up with carers’ responsibilities?

Heléna Herklots

Heléna Herklots
Chief Executive, Carers UK

Our country relies heavily on the unpaid work of 6.5 million people, caring for family members and other loved ones. It may be caring for elderly parents, or a partner who’s had a stroke, or a disabled child. This unpaid care equates to £119 billion every year, and these responsibilities come with significant costs for many carers – from suffering physical and mental ill-health, to having to give up paid employment to struggling to make ends meet for many years because of the costs of caring. 

Sandwich generation concern is growing

Emily Holzhausen

Emily Holzhausen
Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK

In the past couple of years there has been the growing realisation that we’re in the middle of a new social phenomenon – the 'sandwich generation'.

The term 'sandwich generation' is often used to refer to those looking after young children at the same time as caring for older parents. It can also be used much more broadly to describe a variety of multiple caring responsibilities for people in different generations. We tend to interpret it as those who combine looking after a dependent child under the age of 18 with caring for an adult.

The most recent research published by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies shows that this is becoming one of the hardest pressed generations.1

Supporting the Sandwich Generation

Suzy Webster, 
Expert by Experience, Care Quality Commission

As research published today shows just how stressful looking after older parents can be, Suzy shares her experience of 'sandwich caring' - combining care for her two children with care for her mother, who lives with dementia.

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