New 'Carers at breaking point' report

Discuss news stories and political issues that affect carers.
Today we have published our ‘Carers at breaking point’ report looking at carers’ access to breaks in England. The reports reveals that many unpaid carers are unable to see a doctor because they can’t get a break from caring, with one in three carers saying they would use a break from caring to attend a medical appointment, and half (50 per cent) would catch up on much needed sleep.

The findings paint a worrying picture of hundreds of thousands of people sacrificing their own health to prioritise care for loved ones. You can read the full report on our website here: https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campa ... the-doctor

Carers UK is calling on the Government to double the Better Care Fund (the national government funding stream in which there is money for carers’ breaks in England) from £130 million to £260 million and ensure this money is ring-fenced so that carers around the country can get the breaks they need. We also wants to see carers’ breaks made a core part of the Government’s strategy for fixing the social care crisis. We will be emailing our members who have signed up to receive campaign emails as well as those who took part in our breaks survey earlier this year to ask for their help in contacting the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to ask him to take urgent action.
Yep ... already posted Lizzie :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... u-do-38495

.... and ... in context ... as if it were a new problem ???

Interesting quote from another thread ... posted earlier today :

Charities have previously been able to provide services to vulnerable people while also campaigning for policy changes. It should be the same today, but it’s something too many trustees and executives appear to have forgotten or chosen to ignore.

There is no merit in being myopic, hesitant or stubborn. Charities and voluntary bodies cannot stay silent. To be silent is to be complicit. Charities are being devalued by this government. Their role as advocates is being pushed aside or seriously constrained.

This is wrong. Charities should push back, not allow themselves to become controlled agents of the state.

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/news-and ... 3?start=20