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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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Carers UK launches manifesto calling on political parties to commit to a new social contract for unpaid carers.
18 April 24

Today (Thursday 18 April, 2024) charity Carers UK has launched its manifesto setting out how the next Government could dramatically…

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Support for Carers UK's Carer's Allowance overpayments campaign
13 April 24

Carers UK overwhelmed by support from senior politicians encourages carers to share their experience of Carer’s Allowance overpayments as Government…

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Carers UK responds to news reports of Carer's Allowance overpayments case
11 April 24

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: “The overpayments case highlighted in the media over the weekend is indicative…

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NI’s unpaid carers ‘left behind’ in new UK employment law, campaigners warn
05 April 24

Carers call for action from Stormont on carer's leave in Northern Ireland.

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