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We’re here to make life better for the 6.5 million carers across the UK. 

 

Who is a carer? 

A carer is a person of any age who provides unpaid care and support to a family member, friend or neighbour who is disabled, has an illness or long-term condition, or who needs extra help as they grow older. 

 

Why caring matters 

Carers are holding families together, enabling those they care for to get the most out of life, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds. 

Yet many are stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, struggling to make ends meet and often battling with poor health themselves.  

 

Carer Jaycee helping mum into wheelchair

 

You don’t have to care alone 

Looking after someone can be a rewarding experience. It can also be tough, lonely and bewildering. But you’re not on your own. Carers UK is here to listen, to give you expert information and guidance, to champion your rights and support you in finding new ways to manage at home, at work, or wherever you are. 

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Register now for Carers Scotland's Carers Summit
Date announced for Scotland Carers Summit 2023

At the Carers Summit, hear about Scotland's new Carers Strategy, learn about enabling greater independent living through technology, talk about…

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Landmark Bill gains further support ahead of Report stage in Commons

MPs from many different parties are backing a Private Member’s Bill on Carer’s Leave, which would see millions of unpaid…

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Carers UK responds to Reimagining Care Commission report

A new report, released by the Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care, calls for a National Care Covenant with three actions…

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Census 2021 data shows increase in substantial unpaid care in England and Wales

Today the Office for National Statistics has published Census 2021 data about unpaid carers which showed growing intensity of care…

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