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    Budget 2013: What it means for carers

    20 March 2013

    March 20 2013 : In addition to downgrading forecasts for economic growth, the Chancellor announced a number of tax changes including some tax cuts, additional cuts to public spending, support with childcare vouchers, and the bringing forward of significant policies including State Pension reform and a cap on the costs of care. The following is a short summary of how the announcements in ...

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    Research reveals over 2 million quit work to care

    06 March 2013

    A staggering 2.3 million adults have given up work to care for an elderly parent, disabled or seriously ill loved ones, Carers UK and business forum Employers for Carers (EfC) today reveal. A Carers UK/YouGov Poll shows just over 1 in 5 UK adults have seen their work negatively impacted as a result of caring (22%), including 2.3 million[1] who have quit work and ...

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    Government Must Exempt Carers From ‘Bedroom Tax’

    20 February 2013

    Government urged to exempt carers and their families from controversial charges for ‘spare rooms’ Carers UK, with six other national charities, is urging the Government to use the forthcoming Budget to ensure carers and disabled people in social housing do not face ‘bedroom tax’ payments.

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    3 in 4 fear cost of caring

    07 February 2013

    Carers UK launches inquiry into financial realities of caring for older parents or disabled loved ones as poll shows widespread anxiety about care costs

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    Carers UK urges action after Francis Inquiry report

    06 February 2013

    The report by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, chaired by Robert Francis QC, has been published today and calls for “fundamental change" in the culture of the NHS to ensure patients are cared for properly.

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    Mixed reaction to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

    05 December 2012

    Carers UK Chief Executive, Heléna Herklots, gave a mixed reaction to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. George Osborne’s decision to increase carers and disability benefits in line with inflation is welcome but more local government cuts will undermine the already creaking social care system. Whilst most benefits for working age people will increase by only 1%, an increase below ...

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    Employers add support to Carers Rights Day

    29 November 2012

    Today is national Carers Rights Day, when over 850 events take place across the country to give advice and information to the UK’s 6.4 million carers, 3 million of whom juggle work and care. Carers Rights Day is supported by Sainsbury's and they, along with other Employers for Carers members, are using the day to promote good workplace practices which support staff ...

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    Sandwich caring families under pressure

    29 November 2012

    Sandwich generation parents are emotionally and financially overwhelmed by the pressures of raising children alongside caring for ageing relatives, new research from Carers UK reveals.

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    'Care reform can boost GDP'

    15 November 2012

    Cass Business School report says care reform can act as an engine for economic growth A fundamental shift in policy on care for older and disabled people could not only better support families in the UK, but also add significant value to the economy, according to a new report commissioned and published by Carers UK, researched and written by Professor ...

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    'Protect carers from risk of benefit freezes’ urges charity

    20 September 2012

    Carers UK has written to the Chancellor George Osborne and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith urging them to protect carers and disability benefits from any measures to freeze benefit levels. The letter follows media reports that the Government is considering benefit freezes as part of further reductions in public expenditure. 

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    Carers missing out on 'transformative' telecare

    20 September 2012

    Carers UK urges action to tackle barriers to families accessing telecare benefits  New research from Carers UK has shown that, despite huge potential benefits of using telecare and telehealth, families caring for ill, frail and disabled loved ones are still facing barriers to accessing the services.

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    Homecare research highlights care crisis

    14 September 2012

    Carers UK has responded to new research from Which? published today, highlighting serious failings in homecare for older people and the impact this is having on their families. 

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