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Across the UK, 5.7 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.  

Yet carers are experiencing even greater challenges. Since the coronavirus pandemic, we estimate that 4.5 million more people have taken on caring responsibilities. 

We share our insights on caring with local authorities, employers and other organisations, making the most of technology to help solve the problems that carers face.  


Better services for carers

Carers rely on good quality services to help manage care alongside everything else. 

We work with service providers to help them provide the support carers urgently need. 


Better employers for carers 

Staying in work is a major challenge for the 3 million working carers – every day, 600 people on average are leaving their jobs to provide unpaid care.  

With over 215 members covering 3.5million employees, our Employers for Carers membership forum helps employers improve their understanding of carers and retain the carers in their workforce.  


Better technology for carers 

By listening to what carers need, we’re using our expertise to develop useful products that can help improve carers’ lives.  

Our mobile and online app, Jointly, has been designed to make life a little easier for people who share care. And our MyBackUp tool helps carers develop a contingency plan for greater peace of mind.  

Latest updates

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Scheme supporting unpaid carers in the workplace celebrates 15-year anniversary
11 July 24

Employers for Carers (EfC), a membership forum set up to champion and promote effective workplace support for staff with caring…

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Carers UK welcome appointment of Stephen Kinnock MP
09 July 24

“We welcome the appointment of Stephen Kinnock MP as a Minister of State for Care in the Department of Health…

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Carers UK responds to Sir Keir Starmer's appointment as Prime Minister
05 July 24
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Northern Ireland urged to lead the way in support for unpaid carers
01 July 24

Carers NI welcomes the proposal within the Good Jobs Bill to give carers a legal right to access 5 days…

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