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Carers UK is delighted that USDAW is calling for radical reform of Carer’s Allowance. Caring can have a devastating impact on carers’ finances and one in five carers is forced to give up work, losing on average £11,000 in income.

Employers for Carers is launching today (Thursday 12th June) as a new national membership forum offering a range of support from information on good practice to training and consultancy.

 

On June 10th 2008 the Government published its National Strategy for Carers. The document is called "Carers at the heart of 21st century families and communities" and it includes a set of commitments and a ten year vision for what support for carers should be like by 2018.

Carers across the country could be putting their own health at risk by ignoring symptoms or not finding the time to visit their own GP for help and advice. The results of a new nationwide survey of 2,000 carers - reveal that more than three-quarters of those questioned (77%) feel that their health is worse as a result of the strain of caring (for many, up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Following lobbying by Carers UK, the Government has agreed to amend a new bill to ensure carers are listened to. The Health and Social Care Bill will create a new Care Quality Commission and the amendments will ensure it has regard to carers' views and consults them alongside service users.

 

Caring with Confidence, a new programme which will help carers make a positive difference to their life, and that of the person they care for, has today been unveiled.

Rising care charges are putting older and disabled people at risk of not being able to afford to eat, heat their homes, wash or get essential support, says a new report published today (4 June) by the Coalition on Charging.

 

National "Meeting Tomorrow's Challenges" conference looks at how the latest telecare and telehealth technology supports integrated, person-centred care.
Carers UK is carrying out a survey to find out what carers think about direct payments.

Carers face a daily struggle between working and caring. New survey shows nearly half of those caring for an older relative or dependent agree that it is not possible to combine being a carer with a career.

Responding to today's launch of an intense six month debate about the future shape of care and support services, Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive of Carers UK, says: "Carers UK welcomes this major national debate in advance of the forthcoming Green Paper on the future of care and support, including the Prime Minister's personal interest in this crucial issue.

 

Carers of sick and disabled people have won their battle to keep a question on caring in the 2011 census. Treasury Minister Angela Eagle has today confirmed that money has been made available for an extra page of questions that had been under threat.

With Council Tax bills for 2008 about to issued Carers UK is urging carers to make sure they are paying the correct amount. It is not widely publicised but some carers could qualify for up to 50% off their council tax bills.

Carers UK welcomes and congratulates the success of the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign in securing new legal duties on local authorities to help parents caring for disabled children by giving them breaks from their caring responsibilities.

Carers UK has welcomed the announcement of an inquiry into the Department for Work and Pensions' approach to carers, which will cover information and advice, income and benefits, employment and training, equality and recognition.

Carers UK is backing Scams Awareness Month - a new campaign to highlight the plight of elderly victims who suffer in silence. Scams Awareness Month 2008 is set to raise awareness of mass marketed scams, which cost the UK public £3.5billion a year.

Acarer has won the initial stages of her case at the European Court of Justice which could give new rights to millions of carers.

Find out the background to the landmark case which could lead to new rights for millions of carers.

The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) has published its annual report on the state of social care in England. The report says there are inconsistencies in how councils decide who gets help and how much they get.

Responding to today’s report, Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive of Carers UK says: “Today’s report from Commission for Social Care Inspection highlights the harsh experiences of people who are not eligible for state-supported social care and the heavy strain that this places on families and carers."

Two thirds of people won't put money aside for social care, according to new research. Leading charities launch new campaign on future of social care.

The Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Secretary of State for Health Alan Johnson today (Friday 11 January 2008) attended a consultation event in Leeds organised by Carers UK and the Department of Health

Carers UK has welcomed the launch today of a new report, “The Future of Care Funding: Time for a change”, published by the Caring Choices initiative.

Carers UK has welcomed the launch today of ippr's report: "Care in a new welfare society: Unpaid care, welfare and employment".

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