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Consultation Response

Carers UK's response to Building our Industrial strategy

18 April 2017

Without the contribution of the UK’s growing number of unpaid carers, valued at £132 billion per year, our health and care systems would not be able to meet the health needs of our population.

The different, often more complex needs of a society living longer with multiple long-term health conditions has meant that more than ever we rely.

Failures in social care not only paralyse families, they stifle economic productivity. Over two million people have already given up work to care and a further 3 million have reduced their hours. Care services need to be recognised as a vital part of economic productivity, a ‘condition for employment’ as essential to employers thinking of locating their business as good transport links and a decent housing supply.

As well as addressing these barriers, stimulating a vibrant care market to meet this growing demand can turn the challenges of an ageing population and an ageing workforce into a driver for economic growth. Social care should be seen as an industry with potential for growth and for creation of better paid and higher status jobs. Current trends of high turnover, low pay, low skills and low status must be reversed and social care work recognised as an enabler of growth.

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