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Carers UK has joined with other organisations to write to the political party leaders urging reform of the social care system in England.

Carers UK welcomed the recommendations for a new social care law which have been published today by the Law Commission (1).  The recommendations, if adopted by Government, would bring together 60 years of statute into a single piece of legislation, ending years of confusion and differences between local authorities throughout England.

New estimates, calculated by charity Carers UK and the University of Leeds, show the care provided by friends and family members to ill, frail or disabled relatives is now worth a staggering £119 billion every year. (1)

Carers UK and Nutricia have joined forces to embark on a mission for good nutrition among the sick and elderly.

Research shows families already struggling with cuts as councils plan to axe more services for older and disabled people.

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.

Hollywood actress Dame Judi Dench is one of several celebrities supporting Carers Week 2011. The Oscar-winning British icon is famous for playing 'M' in the James Bond films among many other unforgettable roles on stage and screen. She is also set to make an appearance in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, due to be released later this year.

Carers UK comments on the government's Welfare Reform Bill, which confirms that Carer's Allowance will remain outside of the Universal Credit.

Carers UK sets out its position on Carer's Allowance and Universal Credit.

Find out how to have your say as the Government's consultation on replacing Disability Living Allowance reaches its final week.

The case of Riven Vincent and her family today highlights the dangers for families, society and the economy of failing to invest in care which supports families caring for disabled relatives.

Carers UK has expressed concerns about the Government's plans to replace Disability Living Allowance, the main disability benefit.

Carers UK responds to the launch of the Government's new 'Outcomes Framework' for the NHS.

NHS research points to increasing pressure on families who care for ill or disabled loved-ones.

The Independent Commission on Social Services issued a report called "From Vision to Action" . The Commission started its work 10 months ago and they were asked to consider the provision of social services for the next decade. A copy of the report with its recommendations can be downloded here more....

Carers UK has won a tender with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to run a new service to support carers within the Borough. The service, launched in December 2010, is called Carers Kensington and Chelsea and will provide advice, information and support and act as an essential first stop for carers.

Caring can make people very isolated but carers tell us the internet can make a big difference. That's why we're backing the Go On campaign to get more people online finding out about their rights and entitlements.

£840m of Carer's Allowance goes unclaimed

Top employers team up to support 3 million people who juggle work with care

Carers UK responds to the Government's launch of a refresh of the national Carers Strategy, launched at the Carers UK Summit

Carers UK Chief Executive Imelda Redmond CBE has responded to the launch of the Government's vision for the future of the care and support system.

Carers UK respond to the announcement of £400m in new funding for carers breaks as part of the Government's vision for adult social care

Carers UK respond to the Government's welfare reform White Paper 'Universal Credit: welfare that works'

Carers UK has welcomed the BBC's Living Longer project, exploring the impact of our ageing population, but voiced concerns about the risk of cuts to local care services.

 

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