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Campaigning on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Emily Holzhausen
Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK

This week a Committee of MPs are going through the Welfare Reform and Work Bill in detail. The Bill includes a number of very concerning provisions including changes to Employment Support Allowance, the freezing of many working age benefits and the lowering of the benefit cap. As well as  working in coalition with disability charities through the Disability Benefits Consortium Carers UK has been pressing for specific provisions to try and mitigate some of the impact on carers. 

Why Carers Week is so important to us

Emily Holzhausen
Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK

For the past 20 years, Carers Week has been a great opportunity to raise awareness of caring through community events and partnerships with those delivering health and care services on the ground.

The focus of the week enables us to secure media coverage which greatly increases public understanding of caring and raises the profile of what carers are doing. By bringing on board big charities we are also able to reach a much wider audience.

"The most unpredictable Election in years provides a good opportunity to take stock and look at what carers want and need"

Heléna Herklots

Heléna Herklots
Chief Executive, Carers UK

It has certainly been an eventful few weeks. The most unpredictable Election result in years, combined with the release of our latest State of Caring report, provides a good opportunity to take stock and look both at what carers want and need from the new Government, and what plans the next Government might have in relation to carers.

What Makes a Hard Working Family?

Heléna Herklots

Heléna Herklots
Chief Executive, Carers UK

Throughout the election campaign we have heard a lot about 'hard working people' and 'hard working families'. But who are the hard working people of whom politicians speak?

Is 2015 the year when carers’ rights will catch up with carers’ responsibilities?

Heléna Herklots

Heléna Herklots
Chief Executive, Carers UK

Our country relies heavily on the unpaid work of 6.5 million people, caring for family members and other loved ones. It may be caring for elderly parents, or a partner who’s had a stroke, or a disabled child. This unpaid care equates to £119 billion every year, and these responsibilities come with significant costs for many carers – from suffering physical and mental ill-health, to having to give up paid employment to struggling to make ends meet for many years because of the costs of caring. 

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