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Carers UK responds to the Autumn Statement 2016

23 November 2016

Responding to the Autumn Statement, Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

“It is deeply disappointing that the Autumn Statement has failed to provide even a mention of the crisis facing social care, let alone any measures to support those who are going without the vital support they need day in day out.

 

Carers UK’s evidence from carers demonstrates the devastating impact that chronic underfunding of the social care system is having– long waits for carer’s assessments; carers reluctantly turning to A&E because they can’t get access to community care; delayed and inappropriate hospital discharges; and reductions in practical support.

 

In ignoring the social care crisis the Chancellor not only risks pushing carers to breaking point as they struggle without the support they need to care but jeopardising his own productivity agenda as more and more people are forced to reduce their hours or leave work altogether to provide care for loved ones.

 

While the rise in the national living wage is welcome, without a rise in the earnings threshold for Carer’s Allowance it will force carers who work part time to reduce their hours or lose the benefit.

 

It isn’t just families in paid work the Government needs to think about. Millions have given up work to care and half of those caring for 35 hours or more are struggling to make ends meet

 

Without measures to address the social care crisis, or improve financial support for those not able to work full time, many carers will feel this Autumn Statement does nothing more to help them.”

 

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Media contact

Spokespeople are available.

 Please contact the Carers UK press office on:

  • 020 7378 4937/4942
  • 07534 487 027 (out of hours)
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 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.

 Website:           www.carersuk.org

Facebook:        www.facebook.com/carersuk

Twitter:              @CarersUK 

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