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Mayor of London gives backing to Carers Right Day

02 December 2011

 The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson today added his support to Carers UK’s national Carers Rights Day, urging those caring for ill or disabled loved ones to access the support they are entitled to.  

There are almost 680,000 carers in London alone, who save the UK economy a staggering £12 billion per year with the unpaid care they provide to elderly and disabled friends and family. However new research by Carers UK has shown that, without the right support, caring can lead to financial hardship, debt and ill-health. 

With estimates published by Carers UK last year showing that £840 million in Carer’s Allowance goes unclaimed every year, the Mayor has joined Carers UK in urging carers to ensure they are getting all the support they can. 

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Every day of the year carers in the capital and across the country do an extraordinary job, providing support to relatives and friends. Unpaid, often unheralded, theirs is an invaluable role. Carers Rights Day is about getting behind these unsung heroes and giving them the support they need." 

On Carers Rights Day over 700 events are being held across the country, 50 in the capital, to guide carers to help and advice on getting vital financial and practical support.  

Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK said: “Without support, caring can take a huge toll on carers’ health and finances. It is crucial that we all work to identify colleagues, friends and family who have caring responsibilities and make sure they are getting all the support they can.” 

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