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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.


Carers UK responds to the Comprehensive Spending Review

2008 saw the launch of the National Carers Strategy, where Government promised to raise awareness of carers and make them more visible. Now, two years later this promise has started to bear fruit as a group of carers from the North East of England successfully completed the innovative Train the Trainer course, developed and delivered by Carers UK, enabling them to become trainers.

Carers UK has welcomed the release of Department of Health consultation papers on delivering an 'information revolution in the NHS.

Carers UK today welcomed the Government's £4 million investment in a range of projects from training schemes for health and social care workers to access to better information.

Carers UK welcomes a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission which highlights the challenges faced by carers.

Carers UK has welcomed new rights to protect carers from discrimination.

Carers UK has expressed deep concerns that the Government's proposed reductions to the Disability Living Allowance budget could have a 'devastating impact' on family incomes.

Carers UK will attend all three of the main party conferences to raise awareness of carers' needs and views to politicians, and make the case for reform of the benefits and social care systems.

quarter of a million people caring for an ill or disabled friend or relative could be missing out on a top up that protects their basic and second State Pensions in later life. An estimated one million people have given up work to care for someone and Pensions Minister Steve Webb wants 'hidden' carers who could be eligible for Carer's Credit to benefit.

Carers UK is part of the Disability Benefits Consortium. To help the Government better understand the impact changes to benefits will have on disabled people we are doing a quick survey to find out people's experiences of the current system.

The Government has announced its intention to refresh the National Carers Strategy and put together an action plan for the next five years.

Lynda Wisbach, one of Carers UK's trustees since November 2006, passed away peacefully on Wednesday 28th July at home surrounded by her family. She had been battling Motor Neurone Disease for the last two years.

Carers UK welcomes today's announcement of the setting up of the Commission on the Funding of Social Care, questions where it will fit into plans for welfare reform and urges a speedy resolution as the care system is crumbling.

The Health Secretary has used a keynote speech at the 5th International Carers Conference, hosted by Carers UK in Leeds, to set out key principles for the forthcoming commission on social care.

For the first time, this weekend, carers from across the world will be able to listen in live to the International Conference on Carers. The conference, hosted in Leeds by Carers UK from 8th – 11th July, will draw delegates from all over the world to debate how we manage care and caring in a changing and ageing world.


Carers UK responds to new research launched today by the NHS Information Centre which shows the number of people caring for 50 hours a week has doubled.


Carers UK has given an initial response to the Coalition Government's Emergency Budget.

The Older People's Commissioner in Wales is reviewing whether older people are treated with dignity and respect whilst in hospital. The aims of the Review are:

LE Wales are conducting a survey of carers as part of a study for the Welsh Assembly Government to review the provision of respite services in Wales. We would like to find out a little about the circumstances under which you provide care, what respite care services you would ideally want to have and what you think about any such services you currently receive. It is important that carers have a chance to express their views on this and we hope that you will find this a good opportunity to provide some input into the planning of services aimed at benefitting carers. It will take about 10 minutes to complete the survey, which is available to complete in English or Welsh, and which you complete anonymously. The survey will be open from Thursday 17 June 2010 to Saturday 31 July 2010.

A delegation of carers has delivered a strong message to the new Prime Minister to coincide with Carers Week.

Jane Dearden, chair of Carers UK's branch in St. Helens, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours list in recognition of her services to the community in St. Helens.

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