Carers Rights Day 2014
This year's Carers Rights Day will be taking place on Friday 28 November 2014. To stay up to date with the latest news and to find out when registration is open, join the Carers UK email newsletter mailing list.
Carers Rights Day 2013
Over 1,000 carers organisations and groups signed up to be part of Carers Rights Day 2013. Thank you to everyone who took part.
We published new research that showed that the total of value of unclaimed Carer’s Allowance – the main benefit for those caring for older, seriously ill or disabled loved ones – has risen to over £1.1 billion as over 360,000 full-time carers miss out.
We also launched the new edition of Looking after someone: Carers Rights Guide 2013/14 – our essential guide that outlines carers rights and signposts what financial and practical help is available. For the first year ever there are separate England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland versions of the guide available.
Each year Carers UK organises Carers Rights Day to:
- Increase the take up of benefits – it’s estimated that millions of carers’ benefits aren’t claimed each year.
- Make sure carers know their rights – every year, more than 2 million people become carers, many don’t identify themselves as carers and miss out on support. Even those who have been caring for years sometimes aren't aware of their entitlements.
- Guide carers towards practical support - it's not just about benefits. Carers often do not realise practical support is available, like replacement care to give the carer time off, help with lifting and bathing, equipment and home adaptations that can be vital in protecting carers’ health.
- Raise awareness of the needs of carers - Carers Rights Day raises awareness of the needs of carers with the public, decision makers and professionals.
Over 850 local groups registered to take part in Carers Rights Day 2012 and want this year will be even bigger.
How carers' rights and entitlements will be changing
This year as part of Carers Rights Day 2013 we highlighted some of the ways that carers' rights and entitlements will be changing.