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Government announces review of support for carers in employment and an increase in the earnings limit for Carer's Allowance.


Carers UK with backing from the Daily Mirror is calling for carers to be allowed extra time off work when they are unable to cope. One in five people looking after someone find it impossible to balance a job and caring. Carers UK is backing the Daily Mirror's caring for carers campaign and calling for carer's leave to be made law.

How will the political parties approach care in the run up to a general election? Will it influence people's voting habits? Carers UK is shaping debate on the future of social care by hosting fringe events at the party conferences of the three main political parties.

Harriet Harman has stepped up the Government's action to raise awareness of flexible working rights for carers with the publication of a new survey showing that millions were unaware of flexible working rights for parents and carers.

Carers UK is concerned that £150 million given to Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) is not being spent on its intended purpose of giving carers a break.

Carers UK is receiving increasing numbers of calls from carers about pandemic flu. This statement outlines what action we are taking to press the government and what the current advice is for carers.

SCIE (Social Care Institue for Excellence) in conjunction with Carers UK has published a new briefing about personalisation and carers.

Carers UK reaction to care and support green paper

Carers UK today warned of significant economic and social problems if the Government and all political parties do not get to grips with the care crisis facing the country

Carer Dave Burgess has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours.

Over three-quarters (76%) of people in Wales who provide unpaid care for a loved one who is ill, frail or disabled have reached breaking point due to the pressures of their caring role, according to new research issued to launch Carers Week 2009 (8-14 June).

Parliamentarians, carers and representatives of carers' organisations gathered at Westminster to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the passing of the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act. The historic act promoted the rights of the 6 million people who care for a friend or family member.

Carers UK, supported by 8 major charities including Mencap, Rethink, Counsel and Care and the Alzheimer's Society, today launched a Carer Poverty Charter, calling upon the Government to set out an urgent timetable of action to improve carers' benefits and income.

Campaign launched to give those calling mobiles a fairer deal by reducing calling costs.

Last week six carers and Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive of Carers UK, met Sir Leigh Lewis, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, Terry Moran, Chief Executive of the Pensions, Disability and Carers Service and Jeremy Groombridge, Director of Policy at Jobcentre Plus, to talk about carers' experiences of using the benefits system.

This afternoon a delegation of MPs met Prime Minister Gordon Brown to urge him to make improvements to carers' benefits. Carers UK also attended the meeting and presented carers' concerns directly to the Prime Minister.

Carers UK are gathering evidence make the case for new legal protections for carers against discrimination. If you have been discriminated against or harrassed as a result of being a carer please fill in our equalities survey and tell us about your experiences.

The Government has today announced that it intends to ban discrimination against carers by protecting people who are 'associated with' someone who is disabled. This will apply in employment and in the provision of goods, facilities and services.

New national information, advice and support telephone service for carers, launched on April 1st 2009.

The two organisations will work together to improve the health of carers, many of whom suffer in silence with health problems of their own.

A group of carers angry at the continued lack of improvements to carers' benefits are organising a day of protests. On April 22nd 2009 protests will take place in Edinburgh and London.

Sixty people including carers, health charities and government attended the launch on February 16th of a new online information service for carers, Carers Direct, held at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre on London's South Bank.

Carers UK has responded to a new evaluation of the impact on carers of the Individual Budget pilots 2006-2007.

From 2010, there will be a new,UK-wide, government supported saving scheme called the 'Saving Gateway' which will help people save by making a Government contribution of 50p for every pound saved. Yesterday the Government agreed to include carers in the scheme, with Economic Secretary Ian Pearson announcing that he will amend the legislation when it is next debated.

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