One in four unpaid carers 'have not had a day off' in five years

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Research by Carers UK has found that 4 in 10 (40%) of unpaid carers have not had a break in over one year, while one in four (25%) had not received a single day away from caring in five years.

Further information on this research can be found in our press release here: ... five-years

I'm sure the findings of this research will resonate with many of Carers UK members who use the forum and it will be interesting to hear your views on this. If you'd like some guidance on taking a break, we hope you'll find the following information and factsheet helpful. ... ng-a-break

Certainly resonates .... hopefully , the sample surveyed can be taken as holding true across the whole carer army of 6 million ?

In my case , less than a week in 10 years ... and that was in the good old days prior to 2008 !

I would assume that the main reasons are inadequte replacement care , both by nature and cost.

Even if replacement care was available , just how many could afford it ?

If surveying members , just how many are in the 1 in 4 .... near / close / below the official poverty line .... the vast majority of which virtually unknown ?

In isolation , just another " Statistic " to add to the pile.

The real work begins when assembling the pieces together to see the whole picture , and formulating policies accordingly.

Pieces ? Lord Kitch displays them quite adequately.
Thanks for your post Chris. Over 7,000 carers from across the UK completed our annual State of Caring Survey this year. These people were a mix of Carers UK members and non-members and this was the largest number of respondents we've had since we began running the survey.
1 in 860 .... an improvement.

Another 5 years and , perhaps , 1 in 850 ?

Identifying carers has been a " Priority " since , at least , 2004 ?

At least we can take it as read for this particular " Statistic ".

Let's hope it's not another " So what ? " type one and left in the archives to decay.

After all statistics are fine , but where is the action to deal with yet another injustice ?

Nobody who has no direct experience of caring could appreciate the gravity of this one.

Good luck !
It certainly does resonate.

What it does not mention is those who balance unpaid caring with the demands of working. In my own case, and I am far from alone, every day of my annual leave from my paid employment was spent on my mum's hospital and Social Services appointments. This went on for 6 years. I think a lot more campaigning is required with employers, requiring them, preferably by law, to provide carer's leave. In my own large organisation (13,000 employees) there was no provision at all.
It's not good is it.
Carers grants in Birmingham have been axed so I sent a quote into Social Care I think they think I'm joking...They've completely ignored it not even responded. Respite...Social worker tried to play off respite was included in my son's package then I got a run down of what had been paid in and it wasn't and hasn't gone in this year or last year or the year before or any year lol...So I do believe the Social worker thinks I was born under a gooseberry bush...and I think she can't count for toffee :lol:
Carers should be identified at the point of diagnosis

How difficult is it?
When a doctor or specialist diagnoses a problem, and then has to communicate that diagnosis to the patient and partner or other family.
Too often the doctor is unable to communicate effectively, I find
Charm, I suggest you go down the Finance dept route to find where the money has gone.
Speak to the Internal Audit or Finance Admin section of the local authority, and request. They explain what has happened to the payments
carers should be identified at the point of diagnosis, never have I had any carer help or support from the medical profession.
They just seem to concentrate on the medical stuff, clearly when your relative, partner or friend has been diagnosed with a long term chronic uncurable condition, you the unpaid carer will need plenty of support.
Financial support help with benefits, help with equipment available, emotional support and yes of course breaks if you care full time.
I think you are best off looking at the notice board at the hospital or gp surgery, often there will be support groups/ carer centre leaflets.
Perhaps there should be a full time member of staff in an office, an unpaid carer advice room or something in the hospital.
There is supposed to be an NHS carer commitment to help and support unpaid carers, but I have never seen any.