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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.

More than three-quarters (76%) of people looking after an ill, frail or disabled loved one do not have a life outside of their caring role, according to new research issued to launch Carers Week (14-20 June).

Carers UK has today expressed its gratitude to the makers of a new World Cup single, who will donate all the profits from 'We're England (The Second Star)' to the charity.


What the Coalition Government's legislative programme means for carers.

Carers UK comments on the announcement of Government plans for reforming the social care system.

On 29th May seven members of British Gas staff will begin a sponsored bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise money for Carers UK.

Carers UK has written to the Times in response to an article suggesting benefits for carers and disabled people may be subject to means testing.

Carers UK and 22 charities that form the Care and Support Alliance have had a letter published today in the Guardian newspaper calling for social care to be made a priority by the new government.

Carers UK have called on the new Government to make reform of social care and urgent priority.

Carers UK welcomes the recognition of carers in the election campaign but calls for words to be backed up with urgent action.

Carers UK today welcomed the fact that Leaders Debate broadcast on ITV chose care as one of only 8 topics following a concerted effort to get the issue raised by the Care and Support Alliance, which is convened by Carers UK.

Research shows over half of carers worry their State Pension has been affected as a result of caring for a loved-one

Carers UK: 'Time to be bold' with social care plans


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