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Carers UK responds to new Age UK research on impact of State Pension Age

18 November 2016

Responding to Age UK’s report Working later, waiting longer: The impact of rising State Pension age, Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

“Today’s report rightly highlights carers as a group of people particularly at risk from changes to the State Pension Age. The peak age for caring is 50-64 - over 2 million people in this age bracket are carers [1]. Our ageing population and slashed social care budgets mean more people are picking up caring responsibilities.  Every day we advise people, particularly women, who have left work or reduced hours to care and are left in financial hardship as their savings dwindle. The State Pension Reviewer’s Interim Report has also made clear that carers are a vulnerable group likely to have financial difficulties in later life.

 

Research suggests that the tipping point for care will come as soon as 2017, where the number of older people in need of care is expected to outstrip the number of working-age family members able to provide it piling more pressure on the working age population to combine work and care [2].

 

Improving support for carers is now a social and economic imperative made more urgent by any rise in the State Pension Age. The forthcoming Government Carers Strategy must come with resources to make a real difference to carers’ lives. A well-funded NHS and care system – which provides affordable and flexible back-up for families, allowing them to provide care without putting their lives and health on hold is a necessary condition for extending working lives. There must also be more help for families to access information and advice early about available support and the repercussions of leaving work or reducing hours to care.”

-ENDS-

 

Media contact

 Please contact the Carers UK press office on:

•    020 7378 4937/4942 

•    07534 487 027 (out of hours)

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References

 [1] Census 2011

[2] Professor Linda Pickard, LSE (2013) A growing care gap? The supply of unpaid care for older people by their adult children in England to 2032, published in Ageing and Society

Notes to editors

 About Carers UK

Carers UK is a charity led by carers, for carers – our mission is to make life better for carers.

  • We give expert advice, information and support
  • We connect carers so no-one has to care alone
  • We campaign together for lasting change
  • We innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers

 

For practical advice and information about caring, contact the Carers UK Adviceline on 0808 808 7777 (10am-4pm, Monday-Friday) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our listening service is available Mondays and Tuesdays, between 9am-7pm.

 The Carers UK Forum is our online community of carers and is available to Carers UK members 24 hours a day, 365 days a year: www.carersuk.org/forum.

 

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