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New research shows tough times ahead for carers

15 December 2010

NHS research points to increasing pressure on families who care for ill or disabled loved-ones.

One in four carers has their ability to work affected by caring

Half are in poor health

Half expect their caring responsibilities to increase over the next five years

Findings from new research published today by the NHS Information Centre (14.12.2010) point to extremely tough times ahead for families struggling to provide care for loved ones - which will leave even more in poor health, having to give up work and struggling on low incomes. In England around 5 million people provide care, unpaid, to an frail, ill or disabled relative.

With local councils facing devastating 28% budget cuts over four years, including 10% in the first year, the outlook for families looks extremely bleak unless local councils prioritise care and support.

This research today clearly shows that cuts to social care will be counter-productive – increasing ill-health, worklessness and the numbers of families suffering ill-health. There is a clear correlation between these negative impacts of care and the amount of support that is provided in by local councils social care services.

Imelda Redmond, CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said "It is vital that local councils invest in families and listen carefully to their needs. We appreciate that local councils have been placed in an extremely difficult position. However, our message is: Support families, Don't cut care".

ENDS

Contact:

Steve McIntosh, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Carers UK, Tel: 0207 378 4937, Mob: 07875724088, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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