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Research released for Carers Rights Day 2020 reveals unpaid carers save UK state £530 million every day of the pandemic

  • Care provided by families valued at £135 billion over course of the pandemic so far

  • Carers UK calls on Government to recognise contribution of millions of carers and protect their health and wellbeing

Read the research briefing

To read the full press release, click here


Carers Rights Day was held on 26 November 2020

Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, we believe that it’s important that you understand your rights and are able to access the support that is available to you as soon as you need it. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. Each year, Carers Rights Day helps us:

  • ensure carers are aware of their rights
  • let carers know where to get help and support
  • raise awareness of the needs of carers.

The theme for Carers Rights Day 2020 is 'Know Your Rights'

In a recent survey of nearly 6,000 carers, we found:

  • Four in five unpaid carers are providing more care for relatives
  • 78% reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased during the pandemic
  • Two thirds (67%) worried about how they will cope through further lockdowns or local restrictions.

Carers need to know their rights wherever they are in their caring journey: whether they are in the workplace, in a healthcare setting, when interacting with professionals or at home. This Carers Rights Day, we want to empower carers with information and support, so they can feel confident asking for what they need. We also want carers to know how to challenge things when their rights are not being met.

If you are caring for someone and want to know more about your rights, click here to read our Looking after someone guide.

Find out how you can get involved here.

Carers Rights Day 2020 is supported by Barclays LifeSkills


 

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