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Half a million Black Asian Minority Ethnic carers

28 March 2011

A new report published today by Carers UK shows that there are half a million Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) carers in England who save the state a staggering £7.9 billion a year, with the unpaid care they provide to loved ones. This amount is equivalent to over 40% of all government spending on social care.

The report shows that BAME carers provide more care than average.  They face additional difficulties as they care, struggling with language barriers, accessing culturally appropriate services and with stereotyping around caring.  This puts them at greater risk of ill health, poverty, loss of employment and social exclusion.

Imelda Redmond. CBE Chief Executive of Carers UK said:  “There is a strong economic imperatives to supporting BAME carers, in preventing ill health and ensuring they can juggle work and care for longer.  If this does not happen BAME families will have little choice to provide care, falling out of employment and risking ill health and isolation.”

The report recommends that with fewer resources it is vital that local authorities and health bodies work close together BAME carers.

The report, Half a Million Voices:  Improving support for BAME carers, analyses existing provisions and sets clear recommendations for local authorities, health and well being boards, primary care trusts and GP consortia to improve services.



Carers UK can provide case studies of carers and spokespeople are available for interview:

Dalveer Kaur, BAME Policy and Development Officer

Tel:  0207 378 4936, Mob:  07595258236, Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to Editor

1.         About Carers UK

Carers UK is a campaigning, policy and information organisation of and for carers. Carers UK makes a difference to carers' lives by:

  • Campaigning for a better deal for carers;
  • Informing carers of their rights and what help is available
  • Training and advising professionals who work with carers
  • Working across the UK through its membership and networks of branches and affiliates.

2.         Half a Million Voices:  Improving Support for BAME Carers

Half a Million Voices:  Improving Support for BAME Carer is available from 28 March 2011 from Carers UK website.

Limited hard copies are also available.

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