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Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, commented on the newly published report, Caring for Carers, by the think tank Social Market Foundation, published today (Monday 16 July 2018):

Only one in ten (10%) of those caring unpaid for a relative or friend feel confident that the support they receive and rely upon will continue. Half of unpaid carers (50%) said they expect their quality of life to get worse in the next 12 months with only 8% saying they expect it to get better.

Commenting on the 70th anniversary of the NHS, Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

The Care Quality Commission has today released a report ‘Beyond Barriers’ which looks at the experiences of older people moving between health and care services. The report pulls together findings from a review of 20 local systems and outlines how services are working together to support people aged over 65 and what improvements could be made.

The joint report out today by two Committees of cross party MPs, the Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Health and Social Care Committee, calls for new contributions from individuals and employers into a dedicated fund to be ringfenced to help pay for the growing demand for social care in the future. Highlighting the immense strain that the current system is under, including families providing unpaid care, the MPs have proposed a series of measures including a new “Social Care Premium”.

Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK responded to today’s announcement from the Prime Minister for another £20 billion for the NHS, welcoming it but adding that carers had to be at the heart of future plans and urging the Prime Minister to bring forward robust short and long term funding for social care. 

Lack of sleep, performing care tasks and the impact on their finances named as top stressors by unpaid carers.

Carers UK today welcomed the publication of the cross Government Carers Action Plan for England saying that it provided some positive short term measures to support carers, but that carers would be disappointed that it did not go further to recommend or deliver any additional financial support for carers. The Action Plan is designed to deliver activity for carers across Government over the next two years ahead of the Green Paper on social care, due to be published this summer.

Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK said,

“Thousands of carers shared their experience to inform the development of this Action Plan, reflecting the strength of feeling among carers that much more support is needed. The publication of the Action Plan provides welcome recognition from across Government of the need to put in place practical measures now to improve support for carers.  

 

It includes several measures that we have specifically called for, including; a review of dedicated employment rights for carers; an innovations fund to develop new ways to reach carers with information earlier; and training for NHS staff to better support carers. We will do all that we can to ensure that these positive measures are taken forward.

 

However, we are very disappointed that the Action Plan does not commit to further financial support for carers. With the cuts to local government funding and services, support to carers has never been more important. The Plan raises greater expectations for more far reaching proposals on the funding and support provided to families and friends who care, as part of the forthcoming Green Paper on social care. We will continue to press the Government to make sure that the Green Paper brings the wider changes to our social security, employment, and health and care systems that carers need.”

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Carers UK warmly welcomes today's cross-party report from MPs on the House of Commons Select Committee which calls for important changes to support unpaid carers to stay in or return to paid work.

Carers UK welcomes Cross-Party report from MPs on support for working carers and urges Government to accept recommendations

Carers UK warmly welcomes today's cross-party report from MPs which calls for important changes to support unpaid carers to stay in or return to paid work.

Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy, who gave evidence to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, said:

Commenting on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care's speech today on the future of adult social care, Emily Holzhausen OBE, Carers UK's Director of Policy and Public Affairs said:

Madeleine Starr, Director of Business Development and Innovation at Carers UK said:

“We are delighted that our evidence has helped inform the Industrial Strategy, and welcome Government’s focus on building a strong economy which works for those living and working against the backdrop of our ageing population.

Carers UK has welcomed a rise in the earnings limit, but says carers are still being "trapped" by benefits rule.
 

Responding to the announcement made by Jackie Doyle-Price MP, the Minister for Care and Mental Health, made at Carers UK’s Parliamentary reception held for Carers Rights Day, Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK and Giles Meyer, Interim Chief Executive of Carers Trust said:

Carers Rights Day poll: 
Unpaid carers missing out on vital support as ‘public is unable to recognise friends and family that care’

Reacting to the Chancellor’s Budget today, Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, responded by saying:

The Government has set out the timeline and process for the publication of its approach to social care funding reform. Responding to the First Secretary’s Statement, Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

The latest data from NHS Digital on Adult Social Care Spending in England, which includes support for those caring unpaid for adults, was published on the 25th of October 2017.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published its annual assessment of the quality of health and adult social care in England in its State of Care 2016/17 report. 

New research by Money Saving Expert shows that thousands of families could be missing out on council tax discounts

The winner of Carers UK’s first ‘Jo Cox Poetry Prize’ has been announced today, following a month-long focus on the loneliness experienced by unpaid carers led by Carers UK as part of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.

Commenting on new research from Newcastle University showing as life expectancy increases so too are the number of years older adults spend with significant care needs.

8 in 10 people caring for loved ones “have felt lonely or socially isolated”

Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness shines a spotlight on unpaid carers 

It’s time to start a conversation about caring, as new research from Carers UK shows more action is needed to support unpaid carers who feel isolated and lonely. Greater understanding from friends, colleagues, and the public, as well as more opportunities for breaks and social activities, are all needed to combat a ‘silent epidemic’ of loneliness affecting those providing support to ill, older or disabled loved ones.

Responding to the Government’s decision today to raise the State Pension age to 68 by 2037 to 2039 as recommended by John Cridland CBE, Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

Carers are reaching ‘breaking point’ as they struggle to take even a day away from care responsibilities for years at a time, research by Carers UK has found. 4 in 10 (40%) of unpaid carers have not had a break in over one year, whilst one in four (25%) had not received a single day away from caring in five years.

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