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Carers UK responds to Demos research on unpaid carers

05 December 2018

Think-tank Demos has today published its research on unpaid carers, The Carers’ Covenant, which finds that government policy has left too many unpaid carers without the support they need.

The report provides recommendations on delivering greater financial security for unpaid carers, recognising that society values their enormous contribution.

It comes ahead of the Green Paper on Social Care which is expected imminently.

Responding to Demos’ report, Helen Walker, Chief Executive at Carers UK, said:

“We welcome Demos’ call for a properly established relationship between unpaid carers and the state. They too have highlighted the urgent need for carers’ incomes to be increased, particularly those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance. Despite carers having to provide at least 35 hours of care per week to receive it, Carer’s Allowance remains the lowest benefit of its kind. That’s why, through our Fairer for Carers campaign, we have been consistently calling for it to be increased, as well as better support for those juggling work and care including a right to paid care leave.

“We think Government needs to look closely at these proposals, particularly carers’ rights at work and their incomes, within the Green Paper on Social Care.  The amount of care provided by families is continually on the rise, both in terms of the number of carers but also the amount of care provided per week.  Yet the amount of practical services provided through local councils is falling, with fewer carers receiving support to take a much-needed break and fewer getting carer’s assessments. This cannot be right and has to change.  

“Carers UK has long been campaigning for better support for carers, including urging Government to provide carers with the right to paid care leave whilst at work and increasing funding for vitally important carers’ breaks.  The Green Paper is a golden opportunity for the Government to act to ensure carers get a fairer deal.”

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