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Opportunity for carers to influence national support strategy

18 March 2016

From today, carers in England will be able to have their say on the important support services they need to care well for both themselves and their loved ones.

The Government has called for evidence to inform its new Carers’ Strategy, which aims to improve support for the 5.4 million people in England who are caring for an older, sick or disabled loved one, and those who will take on caring roles in the future. 

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

“The new Carers’ Strategy has come at a crucial time. All of us will be touched by caring in our lifetime, whether we take on a caring role or we need care ourselves. The Carers’ Strategy must deliver on strengthening support, value and respect for carers. 

“More unpaid care than ever is being provided by family and friends, at the same time that we are having children later in our lives and our working lives are being extended. Our public services need to adapt to this evolving world with a step-change in the support available for families.

“Cuts to social security and local care services mean that carers are finding it increasingly hard to look after themselves and to care well for their loved ones. As a result, carers will be looking for the strategy to deliver greater financial security, including better support in the workplace, as well as quality, reliable health and care services.

“We welcome the development of the Carers’ Strategy and its ambition to improve support for carers across all areas of their lives. Carers need a strategy matched by action that delivers concrete improvements to their lives.”

Mark Brightburn, from Leamington Spa, balances working full-time with caring for his wife, who has Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy. As a working-carer, Mark has led the way in establishing a Carers Network in his workplace, which ensures that others who balance work and care can get the peer and professional support they need. Mark said:

“This consultation on the Carers’ Strategy is crucial to directly hear the voices of carers in order to drive the urgently needed improvements to local and national support in England. As someone who balances caring for my wife with working and raising three children, making sure carers are better supported in all areas of their lives is vitally important. Full and effective support for those taking on caring responsibilities must be in place and ready for carers to access at the moment they need it.”

Carers UK will be submitting evidence to the consultation. The charity will be collecting views from carers over the coming months, in order to substantiate the social and economic case for improving support for carers of all ages, at every stage of their caring journey.

To find out more about the Government’s Carers’ Strategy, or to share your thoughts about how support for carers can be improved, click here.

Media contact

Case studies and spokespeople are available upon request.

Please contact Lisa Gilbert, Senior Media and Case Study Officer at Carers UK on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 020 7378 4937 or 07534 630 667 (out of hours). 

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