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Carers UK is calling for the Government, local authorities and health bodies to redouble their efforts to support England’s 5.4 million unpaid carers, as new research from the charity reveals how a perfect storm of squeezed public services and financial pressures is pushing carers to the brink.1

Last night, during the Third Reading of the Housing and Planning Bill, the Government announced they would allow carers to have longer tenancies in council housing, in response to an amendment tabled by Baroness Lister earlier in the parliamentary process. Carers UK today welcomed the new commitment but still urged the Government to look more closely at effects of the Bill on carers.

Today, the Women and Equalities Select Committee has published its report on the Gender Pay Gap [1]. The report recommends the introduction of a period of care leave, alongside other measures to support carers in work. Carers UK submitted evidence which is included in the report [2].

Responding to the Government’s announcement that it will not be proceeding with proposed changes to qualification for the Daily Living Component of the Personal Independent Payment (PIP), Carers UK’s Director of Policy, Emily Holzhausen said:

Following the news that the Government wants to change the way the disability living component of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is calculated from January 2017, Carers UK is calling on the Government to carry out an urgent impact assessment to better understand the effect these changes will have on carers. 

From today, carers in England will be able to have their say on the important support services they need to care well for both themselves and their loved ones.

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget today, Heléna Herklots, CEO of Carers UK expressed concern about the future of support for carers and their families:


Carers Week 2016Today, Carers UK and six other major charities launched Carers Week 2016 – a nationwide awareness campaign to improve public understanding about caring and the unique challenges carers face. Carers Week will run from 6-12 June 2016.

Today, the so-called bedroom tax has been declared discriminatory by Court of Appeal judges, following a legal challenge by grandparents who care for their disabled grandson, and a survivor of domestic violence.

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Benefit cap significant victory for carersCarers UK hails a “significant victory for carers” today as the Government announced it will change the law to exempt all carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the benefit cap.

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The announcement was made last night by Lord Freud, Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, in a House of Lords debate on the Welfare Reform & Work Bill.1

As the Government prepares to respond to a High Court ruling that the benefit cap unfairly discriminates against carers, Carers UK is calling for all carers to be exempt from the cap.

The call comes almost two months after the ruling was passed down and as the House of Lords is about to debate an amendment to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill1, which would exempt those on Carer’s Allowance from the cap.

Today, responding to the Government’s announcement that they are consulting on transferring the budget and responsibility for Attendance Allowance to local government in England and to Wales – which would have serious repercussions for those providing unpaid care in the future – Carers UK expressed its grave concern and alarm.

Today, the High Court has ruled that carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance should be exempt from the benefit cap, following a judicial review challenge to the policy and its impact on carers and the disabled, seriously-ill or older loved ones they support.

Carers UK has warned that today’s Comprehensive Spending Review has failed to do enough for carers.

Half of carers providing substantial care to a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one in the UK may be missing out on vital support*, according to new research by the charity Carers UK. The findings come on Carers Rights Day – a national awareness day organised by the charity to inform the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers of their rights, benefits and the services they are entitled to.

Today, a new report1 from Carers UK and the University of Sheffield reveals that the 6.8 million2 people who provide unpaid care for a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one in the UK save the state £132 billion a year – close to the cost of a second NHS.3  

Carers UK responds to research published today by Macmillan Cancer Support, which suggests that cancer patients are ending up in hospital because their loved ones are not properly trained on vital health tasks.

Today, a Bill to exempt unpaid carers from having to pay hospital car parking charges in England was debated in the House of Commons.

Today, Julie Cooper MP and Carers UK have launched a new campaign, Park the Charges for Carers, as the Labour MP for Burnley proposes new legislation1 to exempt carers eligible for Carer’s Allowance from hospital parking charges in England.2

Today, Carers UK responded to the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual State of Care report. 

Responding to the publication of the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s (HSCIC) Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England 2014-15*, Carers UK warns of the potentially devastating consequences for society if public services don't support carers.

Carers UK warns that society and public services have yet to grasp how challenging and isolating looking after a loved one can be, following publication of the Health and Social Care Informatin Centre's 'Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England, 2014-15'. 

Today, Radio legend Johnnie Walker and wife Tiggy will present an appeal for Carers UK on BBC One at 4.30pm. The appeal comes as Carers UK celebrates 50 years of making life better for carers; providing advice, information and support services for people who care, unpaid, for a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one.

Responding to the call from the Local Government Association for a fund to provide reductions in council tax to those providing unpaid care in England, Carers UK Chief Executive Heléna Herklots said:

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