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    One million give up work to care

    04 December 2009

    One in six carers give up or cut back work to care and face a significant drop in income which can continue for several years. New research by Ipsos MORI for Carers Rights Day shows the average carer in Britain today cares for around six-and-a-half years clocking up an average of 27 hours a week.   With their focus on making sure ...

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    Carers in Employment

    15 October 2009

    Government announces review of support for carers in employment and an increase in the earnings limit for Carer's Allowance.  

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    Carers should be allowed extra time off work when they are unable to cope

    14 October 2009

    Carers UK with backing from the Daily Mirror is calling for carers to be allowed extra time off work when they are unable to cope. One in five people looking after someone find it impossible to balance a job and caring. Carers UK is backing the Daily Mirror's caring for carers campaign and calling for carer's leave to be made ...

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    Carers UK shaping debate at Party Conferences

    18 September 2009

    How will the political parties approach care in the run up to a general election? Will it influence people's voting habits? Carers UK is shaping debate on the future of social care by hosting fringe events at the party conferences of the three main political parties.

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    Concern over missing money

    07 August 2009

    Carers UK is concerned that £150 million given to Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) is not being spent on its intended purpose of giving carers a break.

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    Carers at Breaking Point

    08 June 2009

    Over three-quarters (76%) of people in Wales who provide unpaid care for a loved one who is ill, frail or disabled have reached breaking point due to the pressures of their caring role, according to new research issued to launch Carers Week 2009 (8-14 June).

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    Celebration of carers' rights as new legal guide is launched

    03 June 2009

    Parliamentarians, carers and representatives of carers' organisations gathered at Westminster to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the passing of the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act. The historic act promoted the rights of the 6 million people who care for a friend or family member.

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    Carers UK launch carer poverty charter

    22 May 2009

    Carers UK, supported by 8 major charities including Mencap, Rethink, Counsel and Care and the Alzheimer's Society, today launched a Carer Poverty Charter, calling upon the Government to set out an urgent timetable of action to improve carers' benefits and income.

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    Carers discuss benefits with top civil servants

    19 May 2009

    Last week six carers and Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive of Carers UK, met Sir Leigh Lewis, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, Terry Moran, Chief Executive of the Pensions, Disability and Carers Service and Jeremy Groombridge, Director of Policy at Jobcentre Plus, to talk about carers' experiences of using the benefits system.

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    MPs press Prime Minister on carers’ benefits

    06 May 2009

    This afternoon a delegation of MPs met Prime Minister Gordon Brown to urge him to make improvements to carers' benefits. Carers UK also attended the meeting and presented carers' concerns directly to the Prime Minister.

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