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Charity Director Emily Holzhausen awarded CBE in the King’s Birthday Honours list
14 June 24

Carers UK are incredibly proud to announce, and would like to congratulate Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs,…

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Communities budget ‘extremely disappointing’ for unpaid carers, charity says
11 June 24

Carers NI response to the Department for Communities' draft 2024-25 budget.

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AccessAva - online rights resource
11 June 24
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2 in 3 unpaid carers in Northern Ireland suffer in mental ill-health 'endemic'
10 June 24

New polling reveals the scale of mental ill-health among NI's unpaid carers.

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Carers Week 2024 report launches
10 June 24

Findings mark the start of Carers Week which takes place from 10-16 June.
Theme of this year’s Carers Week is, ‘Putting…

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Johnnie and Tiggy Walker
10 June 24

Touching tribute to unpaid carers as Radio 2 presenter, Johnnie ‘The Pirate’ Walker and his wife Tiggy share deeply personal…

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58% of unpaid carers in Scotland had no choice, but to care
03 June 24

New findings to mark the start of Carers Week which takes place from 10-16 June.

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Cross-party group of MPs and Peers launch report calling for a new National Carers Strategy
28 May 24

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Carers has published a new report calling for a new and ambitious National Carers…

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Carer benefit overpayments ‘scandal’ hits 5,000 people in NI, figures reveal
22 May 24

New data reveals 5,000 carers are being pursued for Carer's Allowance overpayments in NI.

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Carers UK respond to NAO letter to Work and Pensions Select Committee re Carers Allowance overpayments
22 May 24

This morning (22 May), the Work and Pensions Select Committee has published a response that the Chair of the…

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Carers UK reaction to DWP research and Work and Pensions Select Committee recommendations on Carer’s Allowance
16 May 24

Today, the Department for Work and Pensions has published its research on the Experiences of Claiming and receiving Carer’s Allowance,…

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Carers UK reaction to DWP plans to text carers at risk of overpayments
15 May 24

Carers UK is reacting positively to the news that the Government is planning to text or email carers who are…

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Carers UK hosts Future of Work Conference to better support predicted rise in unpaid carer employees
14 May 24

Employers from a variety of sectors including finance, retail, healthcare and education gather in London on Tuesday 14 May to…

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‘Big questions for Stormont to answer’ over millions in carer benefit overpayments, charity says
10 May 24
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Open letter to the Economy Minister on paid carer's leave in Northern Ireland
29 April 24

Open letter from trade union leaders, economists and community sector groups on paid carer's leave in Northern Ireland.

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Carer’s leave law could save Stormont millions in benefit payments, research suggests
29 April 24

New research reveals significant economic benefits of introducing paid carer's leave in NI.

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Carers UK responds to Work and Pensions Committee discussion on Carer's Allowance
24 April 24
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Carers Wales mark the implementation of the Carer’s Leave Act with new findings on carers in employment / Mae Gofalwyr Cymru yn nodi gweithredu'r Ddeddf Absenoldeb Gofalwyr gyda chanfyddiadau newydd ar ofalwyr mewn cyflogaeth.
23 April 24
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Carers UK responds to the Westminster debate on Carer’s Allowance, which took place on 22 April
23 April 24

Responding to the Westminster debate on Carer’s Allowance, which took place on 22 April

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers…

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Carers UK launches manifesto calling on political parties to commit to a new social contract for unpaid carers.
18 April 24

Today (Thursday 18 April, 2024) charity Carers UK has launched its manifesto setting out how the next Government could dramatically…

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Support for Carers UK's Carer's Allowance overpayments campaign
13 April 24

Carers UK overwhelmed by support from senior politicians encourages carers to share their experience of Carer’s Allowance overpayments as Government…

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Carers UK responds to news reports of Carer's Allowance overpayments case
11 April 24

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: “The overpayments case highlighted in the media over the weekend is indicative…

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NI’s unpaid carers ‘left behind’ in new UK employment law, campaigners warn
05 April 24

Carers call for action from Stormont on carer's leave in Northern Ireland.

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Millions of unpaid carers granted new employment rights as groundbreaking Carer’s Leave Act comes into force.
05 April 24
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Unpaid carers across Scotland granted new employment rights as groundbreaking Carer’s Leave Act comes into force.
05 April 24

Workers with unpaid caring responsibilities in Scotland will be entitled to take up to five days unpaid leave when the…

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Unpaid carers inspired to boost physical activity during Carers Active April
01 April 24
  • Weekly online physical activity sessions throughout April  
  • Individuals and organisations encouraged to participate in mass walking event  
  • The month…
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Unpaid carers in employment forced to reduce their working hours for the fifth consecutive year as Carer Poverty Coalition publishes its demands of government.
21 March 24
  • Unpaid carers forced to reduce their working hours from April 2024. 
  • Carer Poverty Coalition of 130 organisations is calling…
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International Women’s Day 2024: 10 facts about women who are unpaid carers
08 March 24

Highlighting women unpaid carers for International Women's Day.

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Chancellor’s Spring Budget falls short of supporting millions of unpaid carers
06 March 24

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: “Today’s Budget falls very short of supporting the UK’s 5.7 million carers…

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Spring Budget fails to support millions of unpaid carers living in poverty, says Carer Poverty Coalition
06 March 24

Responding on behalf of the coalition, Tamara Sandoul, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, said: “It is…

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Two million employees set to benefit from Carer’s Leave as final details of new law go through Parliament
28 February 24

Final legislation passed in Parliament yesterday seals a groundbreaking new right for two million employees with unpaid caring responsibilities to…

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MPs and Peers launch survey to gather unpaid carers’ views on their call for a new National Carers Strategy
08 February 24

A cross-party group of MPs and Peers have today launched a new survey to gather the views of unpaid carers…

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Coalition of Carers Organisations statement on Stormont restoration
31 January 24

Coalition of Carers Organisations statement on the significant damage of political stalemate to unpaid carers in Northern Ireland.

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Carers ‘hammered’ by cost of living crisis need benefits reform from new Assembly, charity warns
31 January 24

Carers NI response to new research from Deloitte showing that addressing the cost of living crisis is the top priority…

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Carers UK responds to Health Foundation report on social care funding
23 January 24

The healthcare think tank the Health Foundation has today, Tuesday 23rd January 2024, launched a report urging the next Government…

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Nearly half of working age carers lose £12,000 of income per year because they provide care
15 January 24

This new report by Carers Scotland sets out the struggles that unpaid carers face in juggling paid work and unpaid…

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Unpaid carers identifying with a religion more likely to be in better health
11 January 24

New research from Carers UK shows that having a religion or faith can support the health of people caring for…

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New guide launched to inspire opportunities for carers to get active
08 January 24

A new guide created by Carers UK shows how professionals can make a positive difference for unpaid carers by offering…

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Carers UK congratulates member, Matthew McKenzie, on his recognition in New Year’s Honours
04 January 24

Carers UK would like to congratulate member and volunteer Matthew McKenzie, who has been awarded a British Empire Medal for…

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Far greater commitment to unpaid carers needed in 2024
02 January 24

Carers UK calls on the current and any future government to prioritise unpaid carers.

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Political stalemate ‘harming carers’ rights’ in NI, charity warns
13 December 23

Carers NI responds to news that the Carers Leave Act will come into effect in April 2024.

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Next crucial step for the Carer’s Leave Act 2023 as implementation date and draft regulations published
12 December 23

Today, crucial details relating to the Carer’s Leave Act 2023 have been published, after the draft regulations were laid in…

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Stress of juggling work and unpaid care for relatives causes thousands of unpaid carers to leave the workplace
23 November 23

Caring responsibilities are having a significant impact on people’s capacity to work and earn a full-time wage, research from Carers…

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Carers UK responds to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement
22 November 23

Today’s Autumn Statement was one of the Government’s last opportunities to deliver for hard-pressed carers in urgent need of support.…

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Carer Poverty Coalition responds to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement
22 November 23

Ahead of today’s autumn statement, members of the Carer Poverty Coalition wrote to the chancellor calling for a reform to…

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The demands of caring pushing unpaid carers to the brink
20 November 23

Carers Scotland's report exploring the state of unpaid carers' health in Scotland, based on the 2023 State of Caring survey.

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Carers UK responds to ADASS Autumn Survey 2023
16 November 23

Carers UK responds to a new report from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

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Carers UK responds to NAO report on adult social care
10 November 23

Carers UK responds to the National Audit Office report on reforming adult social care in England.

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Family members caring for loved ones forced deeper into poverty by high cost of living and restrictive Carer’s Allowance
08 November 23

New research from Carers Wales has revealed that family members caring for loved ones who are already struggling with the…

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Carers UK responds to King’s Speech
07 November 23

Helen Walker, chief executive of Carers UK, responds to the King's Speech on 7th November 2023.

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Shortage of health and care services damaging unpaid carers’ health
02 November 23

A widespread lack of support and recognition from health and care services is damaging unpaid carers’ mental health, research from…

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Shortage of health and care services in Wales damaging unpaid carers’ health
02 November 23

A widespread lack of support and recognition from health and care services is damaging unpaid carers’ mental health, research from…

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Carers UK Statement on the United Nations International Day of Care and Support
29 October 23

Carers UK is really pleased to see the United Nations recognise the invaluable role of care workers and unpaid carers…

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Carers UK responds to DHSC launch of £25 million fund for carers
24 October 23

The Department for Health and Social Care has announced that it is delivering its Accelerating Reform Fund, which will focus…

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Carers UK’s Response to the Care Quality Commission’s annual assessment
20 October 23

Our Director of Policy and Public Affairs comments.

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Unpaid carers in Scotland face devastating financial hardship
17 October 23

Carers Scotland's report exploring the financial situation of unpaid carers in Scotland, based on the 2023 State of Caring survey.

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Family members caring for loved ones forced deeper into poverty by high cost of living and restrictive Carer’s Allowance
17 October 23

New research from Carers UK shows that family members caring for loved ones who are already struggling with the high…

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Carers UK responds to Skills for Care report
12 October 23

Retaining and recruiting care workers is one of the highest priorities for the social care sector right now.

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Carers UK responds to Health Foundation’s adult social care funding analysis
26 September 23

This report demonstrates the scale of the investment needed in social care to provide a decent standard of living for…

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‘Serious concern’ about threat to Meals on Wheels service in Belfast
14 September 23

Carers NI response to the potential disruption to Belfast Trust's Meals on Wheels service.

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NHS flu and COVID-19 vaccine announcement
01 September 23

Carers UK responds to NHS flu and COVID-19 vaccine programmes being brought forward due to risk of new Covid variant…

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Carers UK announced as The Creative Shootout’s Charity of the Year 2024
31 August 23

Carers UK has been selected as The Creative Shootout’s Charity of the Year and is set to receive dedicated marketing…

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Carers UK’s statement in response to Ofgem’s energy price cap announcement on 25 August 2023
25 August 23

While the energy price cap for 1 October – 31 December 2023 will see a reduction on the current quarter’s…

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Carers UK releases good practice briefing for digitally excluded older carers
22 August 23

Carers UK has published a new best practice guide setting out ways organisations can best support older carers who do…

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Unpaid carers visit 10 Downing Street
21 August 23

On Thursday 17 August the Department of Health & Social Care invited care workers and unpaid carers to a reception…

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Practical support must continue when caring comes to an end
16 August 23
  • Former carers report struggling with their health and finances when their caring role ends
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Carers UK responds to JCVI advice on eligible groups for 2023 autumn Covid-19 booster
15 August 23

Carers UK Chief Executive, Helen Walker, comments.

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Carers UK responds to Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023, as it receives Royal Assent
20 July 23

Speaking today, Katherine Wilson, Head of Employment and Specialist Delivery, Carers UK, said:

 

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Carers UK responds to NHS Long Term Workforce Plan
30 June 23

Helen Walker, Chief Executive, Carers UK, commenting on the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan said:

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Carers going hungry ‘a loud wake-up call’ to politicians, charity says
28 June 23

Carers NI responds to new figures on food insecurity among unpaid carers in Northern Ireland from the Trussell Trust.

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Carers UK welcomes recognition of unpaid carers in NHS Assembly future vision for NHS at 75
23 June 23

Today, the NHS Assembly published a new paper, The NHS In England at 75: priorities for the future, looking at…

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Carers UK responds to 2023 ADASS Spring Survey
21 June 23

For a number of consecutive years now, ADASS’ spring survey of adult social services directors has shown that unpaid carers…

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Quarter of a million unpaid carers in NI suffered negative health effects, research shows
05 June 23

New research shows over 250,000 people in NI have suffered negative impacts on their health due to providing unpaid care.

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Millions of unidentified unpaid carers have missed out on support in Scotland
05 June 23

Polling of the general public by the charities supporting Carers Week found that roughly 1.5 million people in Scotland have…

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Historic day for unpaid carers as Carer’s Leave Bill receives Royal Assent
24 May 23

A Bill that gives employees across Great Britain the right to take unpaid leave from work to care for older,…

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Carer’s Leave Bill: one step away from becoming law
19 May 23

The Carer’s Leave Bill has today successfully passed its third reading in the House of Lords, meaning it is now…

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Statement on the independent evaluation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act / Datganiad ar werthusiad annibynnol o Ddeddf Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol a Llesiant (Cymru).
18 May 23

Carers Wales welcomes the overall narrative of the report, many of the recommendations and the test questions it poses to…

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Unpaid care in England and Wales valued at £445 million per day
03 May 23

New findings from Carers UK and the University of Sheffield show that unpaid carers in England and Wales contribute a…

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Unpaid care in Wales valued at £10.6 billion per year / Gwerth gofal di-dâl yng Nghymru yw £10.6 biliwn y flwyddyn
03 May 23

New findings from Carers UK and the University of Sheffield show that unpaid carers in Wales contribute a staggering £10.6…

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Health budget will ‘fill unpaid carers with dread’, charity warns
27 April 23

Carers NI responds to the 2023-24 Stormont budget announced by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

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Carers UK responds to new Census data on unpaid care and protected characteristics
25 April 23

The Office for National Statistics has released 2021 Census data that filters unpaid carers by ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status,…

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Carers UK backs Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Essentials Guarantee campaign
19 April 23

Carers UK has joined up with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and 90 other charities to call on party leaders…

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Carer’s Leave Bill passes Committee Stage in the House of Lords
19 April 23

The Carer’s Leave Bill, a Private Member’s Bill brought forward by Wendy Chamberlain MP, has successfully passed Committee Stage in…

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MLAs unite in call for new government strategy for unpaid carers
17 April 23

MLAs from the largest parties in Stormont make joint call for a new Carers Strategy for Northern Ireland.

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Carers UK responds to Government’s adult social care reform package
04 April 23

Today the Department for Health and Social Care has published its implementation paper Next Steps to Put People at the…

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Unpaid carers encouraged to get active for Carers Active April
03 April 23

Today Carers UK launches Carers Active April 2023, a campaign taking place throughout April to encourage unpaid carers supporting loved…

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Carers UK responds to latest ONS data on unpaid care and employment
28 March 23

Carers UK responds to 2021 Census data on unpaid care and employment in England and Wales.

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Carers UK responds to the Family Resource Survey
23 March 23

Today, the Family Resources Survey was published with new insights and data on unpaid care, helping us to better understand…

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Majority of unpaid carers worry about whether their loved ones are getting good nutrition and hydration
22 March 23

Carers UK is releasing research which uncovers a lack of confidence in how to address malnutrition and under-nutrition amongst unpaid…

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Carers UK responds to the Chancellor’s Spring Budget
15 March 23

Today’s Spring Budget was unveiled by The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP. Carers UK is disappointed…

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Carer Poverty Coalition responds to the Chancellor's Spring Budget
15 March 23

On behalf of the Carer Poverty Coalition, Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, said:

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Carers UK responds to 2022 NHS Staff Survey results
09 March 23

Responding to the results of the 2022 NHS Staff Survey, Helen Walker Chief Executive of Carers UK said

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Carer’s Leave Bill passes Second Reading in House of Lords
03 March 23

Having successfully passed through the House of Commons the Carer’s Leave Bill has today passed its Second Reading in the…

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Carers UK responds to the Kings Fund: Social Care 360
02 March 23

The King’s Fund Social Care 360 report, published today, provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of social care…

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Lord Fox meets prominent employers to discuss Carer’s Leave Bill ahead of Second Reading in the House of Lords
27 February 23

Prominent employers and experts in work and unpaid care met Lord Fox and members of the House of Lords today…

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Carers UK releases good practice briefing for supporting LGBTQ+ carers
17 February 23

Carers UK has released a new best practice guide to encourage organisations how best to support unpaid carers who are…

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New coalition to end carer poverty launches
14 February 23

A dedicated coalition of 93 organisations has come together in an effort to lessen the financial hardship experienced by millions…

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Higher proportion of unpaid carers in the most deprived areas of England and Wales
13 February 23

The Office for National Statistics has published further 2021 census data about the age, gender and deprivation of unpaid carers.

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Carers UK releases good practice briefing for supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic carers
09 February 23

Carers UK has released a new best practice guide today, to encourage organisations how best to support unpaid carers from…

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Landmark Carer’s Leave Bill passes all stages in the House of Commons
03 February 23

The Carer’s Leave Bill, which could see more than two million working carers get crucial access to one week of…

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Unpaid carers ‘picking up the pieces of a crumbling health system’, warns cross-party MLA group
03 February 23

Public statement from the Assembly All Party Group on Carers in Northern Ireland.

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Landmark Bill gains further support ahead of Report stage in Commons
26 January 23

MPs from many different parties are backing a Private Member’s Bill on Carer’s Leave, which would see millions of unpaid…

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Carers UK responds to Reimagining Care Commission report
24 January 23

A new report, released by the Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care, calls for a National Care Covenant with three actions…

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Census 2021 data shows increase in substantial unpaid care in England and Wales
19 January 23

Today the Office for National Statistics has published Census 2021 data about unpaid carers which showed growing intensity of care…

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‘Obscene’ impact of poverty on NI’s unpaid carers blasted
18 January 23

New Carer Poverty Commissioned launched to explore the drivers and policy solutions to poverty among unpaid carers in Northern Ireland.

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Thousands of unpaid carers benefiting from peer support as Carers UK celebrates 500th online meetup event
13 January 23

This week marked the 500th online meetup delivered by the national charity Carers UK for people caring unpaid for an…

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Carers UK responds to £250m to speed up hospital discharge
09 January 23

The Government has announced £250m funding for local areas to buy thousands of extra beds in care homes and other…

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Carers UK partners with 1FitLife to launch new online physical activity and wellbeing videos
06 January 23

Recent research found that unpaid carers find physical activity harder compared to other adults and face poorer health outcomes as…

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Carer Champions in the workplace help unpaid carers access vital support
14 December 22

A carer champion is an employee who acts as a key contact to support and help carers access information within…

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Carers UK responds to the House of Lords report: A “gloriously ordinary life”: spotlight on adult social care
08 December 22

A report published today by the House of Lords Adult Social Care Committee, which was appointed to deliberate the planning…

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Unpaid carers in employment forced to reduce their hours or risk losing vital benefit - Carer’s Allowance
07 December 22

Unpaid carers who have part-time jobs will be forced to reduce their working hours for the fourth consecutive year as…

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Carers UK responds to Government announcement on flexible working
05 December 22

The Government has confirmed plans for new legislation that will give employees the right to ask for flexible working from…

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Devastating and irreversible personal impact on thousands across Wales, Carers Wales warns
24 November 22

Press release on the concerns of unpaid carers in Wales as part of the State of Caring in Wales launch…

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12,000 people in the UK become unpaid carers every day
24 November 22
  • Millions of people beginning or ending a caring role each year
  • Carers UK calls for step change in the…
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Carers UK responds to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement
17 November 22

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP, today unveiled the Government’s Autumn Budget.

Carers UK welcomes the…

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Coalition of charities urge Chancellor: do not overlook unpaid carers yet again for financial support
15 November 22

The national charity Carers UK, together with 65 other organisations including Age UK and MS Society, is urging the Government…

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Carer’s Leave Bill succeeds at Committee Stage
09 November 22

The Carer’s Leave Bill, which aims to support millions of unpaid carers in employment, was discussed in the House of…

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NHS backlog and shortage of care the ‘perfect storm’ for unpaid carer breakdown this winter, Carers UK warns
08 November 22
  • A third of carers have been waiting more than a year for NHS assessment or treatment, with two thirds…
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Carers UK responds to Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill passing Second Reading
01 November 22

Carers UK responds to Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill passing Second Reading

On Friday 28th October the Employment Relations (Flexible…

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Carers UK urges new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to ensure unpaid carers get the financial support they desperately need
25 October 22

Carers UK urges new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to ensure unpaid carers get the financial support they desperately need

Rishi…

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Carer’s Leave Bill passes crucial Second Reading, gaining Government support
21 October 22

The Carer’s Leave Bill has today passed its Second Reading, securing vital Government support.

This legislation, if successful in…

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Carers UK Responds to CQC’s ‘State of Care’ report
21 October 22

Commenting on the Care Quality Commission’s 2022 State of Care report, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said;

“The Care…

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Debt and worry consuming unpaid carers as they cut back on food and heating
18 October 22
  • Carers UK urges new Prime Minister not to push people providing round-the-clock care further into poverty
  • Cutting back on…
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Carers UK responds to Chancellor’s emergency financial statement
17 October 22

The Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has today made an emergency financial statement, reversing almost all tax cuts announced by previous Chancellor…

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Carers UK responds to appointment of Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt as new Chancellor of the Exchequer
14 October 22

Responding to today’s announcement that Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP will be the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Emily Holzhausen…

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Carers UK responds to rise in care worker vacancies
11 October 22

Charity Skills for Care has released new findings showing there are 165,000 vacant posts in adult social care - an…

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Carer’s Leave Bill receives new date for Second Reading
03 October 22

A new date for the Second Reading for the Carer’s Leave Bill has been agreed in Parliament, with Friday 21…

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Lesbian, gay and bisexual carers disproportionately impacted by loneliness and financial stress during the pandemic
26 September 22
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual carers were more likely to feel lonely and worried about their finances than their heterosexual…
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Carers UK responds to the Chancellor’s ‘Mini-budget’ 
23 September 22

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, today set out financial measures for the coming months

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Carers UK responds to Government's Plan for Patients
22 September 22

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Therese Coffey MP, today set…

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New Chancellor urged to act for unpaid carers amid cost-of-living crisis
21 September 22
  • 72 organisations call for targeted top up for unpaid carers receiving Carer’s Allowance
  • 84% of public agree that the…
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New Prime Minister must act quickly for unpaid carers
05 September 22

Liz Truss has today (5th September 2022) been declared the new leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister.

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Wendy Chamberlain MP meets top employers to discuss need for Carer’s Leave Bill
05 September 22

Wendy Chamberlain MP led a special event last Friday where prominent employers including Centrica, TSB and Phoenix Group met to…

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Widespread support for Carer’s Leave Bill ahead of September debate
25 August 22

A new Private Members' Bill which could see millions of unpaid carers – those looking after older, disabled or seriously ill…

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Carers UK warns of tightening financial squeeze facing unpaid carers ahead of expected increase to energy price cap
24 August 22

Carers UK warns of tightening financial squeeze facing unpaid carers ahead of expected increase to energy price cap

On Friday 26th August…

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Carers UK Response to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Select Committee report, which states that adult social care needs an immediate funding injection to meet current pressures
04 August 22

Responding to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Select Committee report published today, 04.08.22, which states that adult social…

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Financial impact of Covid-19 pandemic on unpaid carers even harder amongst under-represented groups
04 August 22

Unpaid carers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds suffered even greater pressures including further economic hardship from the nations’…

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Carers UK comments on the latest ADASS figures, showing nearly 300,000 are now waiting for assessments for social care.
04 August 22

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

 “The ongoing chronic shortage of social care services and care staff mean…

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Carers UK's response to the ADASS (Association of Directors of Social services) 2022 Spring survey
19 July 22

Responding to the ADASS (Association of Directors of Social services) 2022 Spring survey, Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public…

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Carers UK welcomes unpaid carers’ inclusion in autumn COVID-19 vaccine booster programme
15 July 22

Carers UK warmly welcomed the news that unpaid carers will now be included in the autumn vaccine booster programme for…

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Unpaid carers gain new rights as Health and Care Act 2022 introduced
05 July 22

Unpaid carers gain new rights as Health and Care Act 2022 introduced

  • Carers UK highlights new rights for carers on…
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Carers UK comments on Age UK’s latest research which shows Britain’s 1.8 million older carers are dangerously tired and lack support.
02 July 22

Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

“This latest evidence of the acute pressures on older unpaid carers reflects…

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Carers UK comments on the Government’s Plan for Digital Health and Social Care, published today, which sets out its vision for transforming health and care with digital technology.
29 June 22

Carers UK today welcomed the Government’s investment plans in more digital means of support but warned that it still needed…

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Carers UK responds to announcement of inclusion of unpaid carers in terms of reference for the Covid-19 Public Inquiry
28 June 22

Today, the terms of reference for the UK Covid-19 Inquiry have been set out by the Prime Minister, meaning it…

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Carers UK comment on the Personal Social Services Survey of adult carers in England report (SACE, 2021-22):
23 June 22

Carers UK comment on the Personal Social Services Survey of adult carers in England report (SACE, 2021-22):

 

The national…

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Private Member’s Bill seeks new rights at work for unpaid carers
14 June 22
  • Millions of working carers could benefit from the new rights
  • Welcomed by Carers UK and Employers for Carers
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Carers Week 2022: Rising pressures on unpaid carers as public backing for greater support grows
08 June 22
  • 4.68 million unpaid carers concerned for physical and mental health 
  • 2:2 million carers worried about ability to cope financially
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Carers UK's response to the Chancellor's support plan for the cost-of-living crisis
26 May 22

The Chancellor’s statement today (26.5.2022) set out a package of support to help with the cost living. This includes several…

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Carers UK reacts to new interim advice from the JCVI about COVID-19 booster vaccinations in autumn 2022
19 May 22

Commenting on the new interim advice from the JCVI, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

“Yet again we…

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Responding to the ‘Waiting for Care’ ADASS report May 2022, which shows that over half a million people are waiting for social care, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:
13 May 22

 “We are deeply worried by these latest findings. Unpaid carers are at breaking point, exhausted after more than two years…

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Commenting on today’s Queen’s Speech, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:
10 May 22

“That the promised Employment Bill has been excluded from the Government’s commitments for the next year is a severe blow…

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Carers UK response to recent press speculation that an Employment Bill would not be forthcoming in the Queen’s Speech
04 May 22

Responding to recent press speculation that an Employment Bill would not be forthcoming in the Queen’s Speech, Carers UK has…

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Carers UK comment on Royal Assent of Health and Care Bill
29 April 22

As the Health and Care Bill receives Royal Assent and passes into law, Carers UK has welcomed the new rights…

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Nation’s unpaid carers to take part in first national ‘Healthathon’ to boost wellbeing
28 April 22

In the first national event of its kind, hundreds of unpaid carers from around the UK will join Carers UK’s…

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Over 930,000 unpaid carers will see a real terms cut in benefits - Carers UK response to benefits upratings
10 April 22

Over 930,000 unpaid carers will see a real terms cut in benefits - Carers UK response to benefits upratings1

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Carers UK welcomes Government amendment to Health and Care Bill to retain rights of unpaid carers
30 March 22

Carers UK today welcomed an amendment to the Health and Care Bill which was passed in the Commons having been…

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Carers UK comment on changes to eligibility for free Lateral Flow Tests
30 March 22

Commenting on the Government’s next steps for living with COVID-19, including eligibility for access to free COVID testing, as set…

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Spring boost to support unpaid carers
30 March 22

A brand new campaign from Carers UK to help unpaid carers become more physically active in engaging and accessible ways…

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Carers UK response to the Spring Statement
23 March 22

On 23 March 2022, the Chancellor, Rt. Hon. Rishi Sunak MP delivered his Spring Statement to Parliament. You can see…

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Financial pressure on unpaid carers unsustainable
15 March 22

“I am anxious & scared of what our living costs will be in the coming months. I’m unable to sleep…

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Carers UK welcomes Peers successfully protecting carers’ rights in Health and Care Bill
07 March 22

Carers UK strongly welcomed the fact that Peers have today successfully won an amendment against the Government’s attempt to revoke…

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Carers UK calls on Peers to safeguard unpaid carers rights on discharge from hospital
04 March 22

Carers UK calls on Peers to support a cross party amendment, in the Health and Care Bill, to safeguard unpaid…

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Unpaid carers continue to suffer poorer health- with some groups adversely affected
28 February 22

The impact of caring on peoples’ physical and mental health across England remains high and is worse for those from…

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Responding to the ITV documentary ‘Caring for Derek’, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:
23 February 22

‘Caring for Derek’ an hour-long film and follow-up to last year’s ‘Finding Derek’ was aired on ITV on 22 February.…

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Carers UK responds to Government's 'Living with COVID-19' plan
22 February 22

On 21st February, the Government published its ‘Living with COVID-19’ plan.

Responding to the plan, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers…

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Carers UK comments on Government response to rise in energy costs
03 February 22

The Chancellor, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, today set out the Government’s response to the cost of living crisis and…

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Carers UK calls for urgent action from Government to support carers in face of cost of living crisis and soaring energy bills
02 February 22

As energy prices soar and millions of households across the UK face increased fuel and household bills, unpaid carers are…

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Statement from Helen Walker on the findings of the ADASS ‘Winter Contingencies Survey’
13 January 22

Commenting on the findings of the ADASS ‘Winter Contingencies Survey,’ Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

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Statement from Helen Walker on the anniversary of the publication of JCVI advice on priority groups
30 December 21

On the anniversary of the publication of Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advice on priority groups (30 December…

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Carers UK on carers’ letter for booster jabs:
17 December 21

The Government has today taken steps to ensure that unpaid carers can use a specific letter to identify themselves to…

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Carers UK and Centrica win Better Society Awards- ‘best partnership with a national charity’
10 December 21

Carers UK and Centrica are delighted to have won the prestigious award for 2021, in recognition of the significant achievements…

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Carers UK chosen as one of the Bank of England’s charity partners until 2023
03 December 21

Carers UK is delighted to have been chosen by Bank of England employees as one of their charities of the…

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Responding to the Government’s publication of its white paper on social care reform, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:
01 December 21

Responding to the Government’s publication of its white paper on social care reform, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK…

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New Carer’s Allowance benefit rates and rise in earnings limit, but worries about the future
30 November 21

The Government has announced the amount benefit rates will increase from 11 April 2022. 

This includes the new earnings limit…

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Responding to the ADASS findings ‘Snap Survey reveals a rapidly deteriorating picture of Social Care Services'
29 November 21

Responding to the ADASS findings published today: ‘Snap Survey reveals a rapidly deteriorating picture of Social Care Services,’ Helen Walker,…

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Employers more supportive of caring, but carers still at risk of leaving work unless more measures adopted
25 November 21
  • 72% of unpaid carers worry about juggling work and care
  • 53% of working carers say returning to workplace will…
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Employers continue to forge forward with flexible working practices to support carers
11 November 21
  • 63% said flexible working and flexible leave more embedded
  • 62% offering additional leave arrangements (up from 42% year previously)
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Tailored digital resources to support unpaid carers to be rolled out through NHS
04 November 21

Today, at Carers UK’s State of Caring conference, plans to provide new digital resources to support unpaid carers were announced…

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Unpaid carers worried about the financial strain on top of continued reduced access to support
03 November 21
  • One in five unpaid carers are worried they may not cope financially over the next 12 months
  • One in…
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Carers UK responds to Comprehensive Spending Review
27 October 21

Responding to the Comprehensive Spending Review today, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

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Unpaid carers pushed to breaking point and may be forced to quit work, warns Carers UK as new figures reveal devastating impact of COVID-19
20 October 21
  • Over half of unpaid carers (55%) who use day services have reduced or no access because of COVID-19
  • Only…
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Carers UK responds to NHS England and DHSC guidance on booster jab roll-out for unpaid carers in England
07 October 21

Plans for boosters for unpaid carers published yesterday

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Carers UK responds to Government proposals for flexible working and unpaid leave for carers
22 September 21
The Government has set out new proposals to make the right to request flexible working a day one entitlement for…
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Carers UK responds to JCVI advice on Covid-19 booster vaccine
14 September 21

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has today issued its advice on those eligible for the Covid-19 booster…

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Carers UK welcomes announcement of new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities
08 September 21

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced the launch of a new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities…

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Carers UK responds to Government’s plan for funding social care
07 September 21

The Government today set out its proposals for funding the adult social care system.

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Hospital patients put at risk as family members left out of discharge process
07 September 21
  • Research by Carers UK shows more than half of family carers (56%) were left out of planning for their…
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Carers UK and Carers Trust to continue voicing the needs of unpaid carers as members of Health and Wellbeing Alliance
03 September 21

Carers UK and Carers Trust are pleased to be continuing their roles as members of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance,…

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Carers UK and Smart Energy GB partner up to help carers manage their energy costs
21 July 21

The national charity Carers UK and not-for-profit campaign Smart Energy GB are excited to be working together to raise awareness…

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Carers UK responds to ADASS Spring Survey 2021
14 July 21

Today (Wednesday 14th July) the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) published the results of their Spring Survey.

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Carers UK responds to introduction of Health and Care Bill
06 July 21

Today the Government introduced the Health and Care Bill; proposals to legislation that they state aim to make the healthcare…

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Carers UK responds to COVID-19 booster jab prioritisation
30 June 21

Carers UK responds to COVID-19 booster jab prioritisation

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Carers UK responds to NHSX England draft data strategy
22 June 21

NHSX has today published a draft data strategy: ‘Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data’ which, following…

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Carers UK respond to ADASS 2021 Activity Survey report
16 June 21

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) today released their 2021 Activity Survey report.

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Carers UK responds to ONS data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on unpaid carers
11 June 21

New data issued by the ONS today (Friday 11th June 2021) during Carers Week shows that carers have been more…

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Carers UK welcomes announcement of Tribe project
11 June 21

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the five projects that will share £23 million in funding from it's healthy…

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Carers Week: Worn out unpaid carers uncertain the services they relied on will continue post-pandemic
07 June 21
  • More than a third (35%) of people caring unpaid for family members or friends feel unable to manage their…
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Drive to encourage companies to support customers with caring responsibilities
13 May 21
  • Charity Carers UK launches blueprint to help companies and services support millions of customers with caring responsibilities
  • Suite of…
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Carers UK launches visionary five-year strategy to support unpaid carers
10 May 21

The UK charity supporting people caring unpaid for older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends has set out an…

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Unpaid carers held back from being physically active
07 May 21

New research shows unpaid carers over 55 find it harder to

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One in three NHS England employees juggle job with caring unpaid for a loved one
29 April 21

400,000 NHS England staff also have an unpaid caring role

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One in three NHS England employees juggle job with caring unpaid for a loved one
29 April 21
  • 400,000 NHS England staff also have an unpaid caring role for a relative or friend
  • Carers UK calls on…
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Carers UK responds to latest vaccination route for unidentified carers
01 April 21

In response to the national vaccine supply profile over April, NHS England has made changes to the National Booking System…

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Carers UK responds to Public Health England’s report on Caring as a Social Determinant of health
19 March 21

Today Public Health England published a new report ‘Caring as a social determinant of health: Findings from a rapid review…

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Carers UK responds to boost to adult social care funding
19 March 21

The Department for Health and Social Care has announced further funding for social care during the pandemic. This announcement included…

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Carers UK responds to Matt Hancock’s comments during Health and Social Care Select Committee
18 March 21

On Tuesday 16th March 2021 Health and Social Care Secretary of State, Matt Hancock MP, answered questions about the Government’s…

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Unknown unpaid carers encouraged to come forward for the COVID-19 vaccine
17 March 21

Unpaid carers who are not known to health and care services and therefore have not been called forward for the…

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Carers UK responds to NHS England’s Standard Operating Procedure on unpaid carers
08 March 21

Today NHS England has published its Standard Operating Procedure for deploying the COVID-19 vaccine to unpaid carers in England.

Unpaid…

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Carers UK reaction to Budget 2021
03 March 21

The Chancellor failed to mention social care in the Budget 2021 statement.  

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Carers UK joins forces with Virgin Media to support one million unpaid carers
24 February 21
  • Virgin Media and Carers UK are beginning a five year strategic partnership which will use technology and innovation to…
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Carers UK responds to the passing of Hywel Francis
15 February 21

Carers UK was sad to learn that former Labour MP, historian and Vice President of Carers UK Dr Hywel Francis…

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Carers UK welcomes news that unpaid carers will be in next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations
14 February 21

As of tomorrow (Monday 15th February), unpaid carers will be included in the next phase of the roll-out of the…

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Carers UK responds to Government’s proposed Health and Care Bill
11 February 21

The Government has today published its legislative proposals for a new Health and Care Bill that aims to improve the…

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Family members caring for loved ones to receive an extra penny for every hour they care
03 February 21
  • Carer’s Allowance due to increase by paltry 35p a week
  • Carers UK delivers a letter from 5,000 carers calling…
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Carers UK responds to COVID-19 Vaccines Delivery Plan
13 January 21

On 11th January 2021 the Government set out how it plans to deploy its supply of COVID-19 vaccines in its…

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Carers UK responds to announcement of third national lockdown
06 January 21

On Monday 4th January 2021 the Prime Minister announced that there would be a third national lockdown in England starting…

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Carers UK welcomes new JCVI advice which includes unpaid carers in the vaccination priority list
31 December 20

Carers UK has welcomed the inclusion of unpaid carers in the publication of new COVID vaccination advice from the…

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Carers UK responds to the new tier system in England
22 December 20

On 20th December new restrictions came into force across England, with regions split into four tiers.

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Research: Carers left to care alone without support this Christmas
16 December 20

81% want Government to show it values their contribution this year

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Carers UK teams up with Carers Trust to support carers who have been hidden through the pandemic
04 December 20

Carers UK is delighted to be working alongside Carers Trust which is leading a dedicated programme to support hidden and…

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Carers UK responds to COVID-19 vaccination priority list
02 December 20

In its advice published today, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has not included unpaid carers - people caring…

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Carers UK responds to new tier system set up in England
01 December 20

On 2nd December new restrictions will come into force across England, with regions split into three tiers.

As in the…

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Carers UK calls for unpaid carers to be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination
30 November 20

Carers UK is renewing its calls for the UK Government to prioritise unpaid carers for the COVID-19 vaccine, after the…

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Unpaid carers save UK state £530 million every day of the pandemic
26 November 20
  • Care provided by families valued at £135 billion over course of the pandemic so far
  • Carers UK calls on…
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Carers UK responds to Chancellor's Spending Review
25 November 20

In the Chancellor's one year Spending Review today, he promised the following for adult social care:

  • Local authorities will be…
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Carers UK responds to ADASS 2020 Autumn Survey
23 November 20

In a survey of more than 100 councils by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), many are…

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Carers UK calls for more action to ensure carers get their flu jab this winter
20 November 20
  • Research by the charity finds 45% of unpaid carers identified by their GP were not directed towards having a…
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Carers UK responds to extension of easements for Carer’s Allowance
16 November 20

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that it would continue to extend easements for Carer’s Allowance.

This means Carer’s…

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The Telegraph selects Carers UK for their 2020 Christmas Appeal
07 November 20

Carers UK is delighted to announce that it has been chosen by the Telegraph as one of the charities it…

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Carers UK welcomes ADASS call for funding for carers' breaks
05 November 20

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has today recommended that the Government provide £480 million to ensure that…

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Carer-friendly employers better prepared to meet changing staff needs through Covid-19 pandemic
04 November 20

Carers UK calls on employers to actively support carers ahead of November lockdown in England

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75 organisations again call on Government to acknowledge the financial pressure unpaid carers face this winter and make Carer’s Allowance Fairer for Carers
03 November 20

Carers UK and 74 other organisations representing unpaid carers, disabled adults and children, and older people, have joined together to…

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Carers UK responds to announcement of second national lockdown
02 November 20

On Saturday 31st October the Prime Minister announced that there would be a second national lockdown in England starting on…

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Care home visits must continue under new lockdown restrictions
02 November 20

On 31st October, the Government announced it will be introducing new national lockdown restrictions to help reduce the spread of…

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Carers UK responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on social care funding
22 October 20

The Health and Social Care Committee has released a report, Social Care: Funding and Workforce, which calls for an immediate…

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Reduced services see unpaid carers pushed to the limit - and desperately worried about winter
20 October 20
  • Four in five unpaid carers providing more care for relatives
  • 78% reported that the needs of the person they…
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Carers UK responds to CQC State of Care 2020 report
16 October 20

In its annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England, the Care Quality Commission looked at…

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Carers UK responds to Prime Minister’s announcement of three tier system of restrictions
12 October 20

Today (Monday 12th October 2020) the Prime Minister announced a three tier system (medium, high and very high risk) of…

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Carers UK responds to latest Infection Control Fund guidance
02 October 20

In new guidance the Government has clarified how the Infection Control Fund can be used flexibly through the winter to…

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FatFace launches face coverings to support unpaid carers
23 September 20

British lifestyle brand FatFace has launched a range of face coverings in a bid to support unpaid carers and raise…

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Carers UK responds to Government's interhousehold mixing restrictions
22 September 20

The Government has announced that as of today, Tuesday 22nd September, unpaid carers will be exempt from interhousehold mixing restrictions…

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Carers UK responds to Government’s Winter Plan
18 September 20

The Government has published an adult social care winter plan, which aims to curb the spread of coronavirus infections in…

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Carers UK responds to Alzheimer’s Society report ‘The Fog of Support’
07 September 20

The Alzheimer’s Society has published a report on the provision of respite care and carer’s assessments for people affected by…

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Two in three employers say more support from care services needed to keep staff in work
10 August 20
  • Continual failure to tackle social care reform now impacting wider workforce in England
  • 7 million people juggling work and…
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Covid-19 leaves unpaid carers without physical and mental health treatment
04 August 20

New evidence shows carers couldn’t access medical treatment or care services they needed during Covid-19 lockdown. Two months on services…

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Carers UK urges support for carers as shielding restrictions are eased
31 July 20

From Saturday 1st August the Government will no longer be advising those on its Shielded Patient List to shield.

Peopl…

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Carers UK launches Recovery Plan for carers
28 July 20

Carers UK has published a Recovery Plan for carers, a list of recommendations that prioritise and support unpaid carers as…

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Carers UK responds to expanded flu jab programme
24 July 20

The Government has announced that it is expanding its flu jab programme this winter, to ready the NHS for the…

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Carers UK responds to ONS statistics on the impact of Covid-19 on caring
09 July 20

The Office for National Statistics has released new data on the impact of Covid-19 on caring. The findings show:

  • Almost…
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Carers UK responds to Chancellor’s Summer Statement
08 July 20

In a Statement made in Parliament today, the Chancellor laid out the Government’s financial commitments as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.…

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92 organisations call on Government to make Carer’s Allowance Fairer for Carers
03 July 20

Carers UK and 91 organisations representing unpaid carers, older people, disabled adults and children have joined together to call on…

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Carers UK appoints former ambassador and energy company director as new Chair
01 July 20

Nick Baird photoCarers UK is delighted to announce that Nick Baird CMG CVO has been appointed chair elect of the national charity…

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Carers UK responds to CIPD and University of Sheffield research on working carers
24 June 20

The CIPD and University of Sheffield have released research today showing that a quarter of workers with caring responsibilites for someone who is…

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Carers UK responds to Government’s easing of shielding
22 June 20

The Government has announced that, from Monday 6th July, the 2.2 million people shielding from coronavirus can gather in groups…

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Carers UK supports ADASS urgent call for Government to plug hole in social care finances
18 June 20

Responding to the ADASS 2020 budget survey report out today, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said, “We are…

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Unpaid carers twice as likely to have used a food bank during pandemic
17 June 20
  • More than 100,000 people caring unpaid for older or disabled relatives using food banks to get by
  • Almost 229,000…
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Carers UK responds to ADASS Coronavirus survey
12 June 20

The Association of Directors of Adults Social Services (ADASS) has today published a survey on the response in adult social…

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Carers UK responds to flexible employment Bill introduced by Ed Davey MP
10 June 20

Sir Ed Davey MP will today introduce a Bill in the House of Commons to give unpaid carers more rights…

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Carers UK reacts to Scottish Government proposal to increase Carer’s Allowance Supplement
06 May 20

The Scottish Government has today announced that it is proposing an additional £19.2 million investment in the Carer's Allowance Supplement.

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Carers UK welcomes latest expansion of Covid-19 testing
05 May 20

As of 4th May 2020, the Government has included unpaid carers in its latest list of essential workers and those…

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Carers UK responds to further expansion of Covid-19 testing
29 April 20

Last night (Tuesday 28th April) the Government announced that everyone in England aged 65 and over with coronavirus symptoms can…

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Research: The forgotten families in lockdown: unpaid carers close to burnout during Covid-19 crisis
22 April 20
  • Reduced or closed care services mean family members are picking up even more care for older, sick or disabled…
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Carers UK reacts to Government’s adult social care plan on coronavirus
15 April 20

The Government has this evening (Wednesday 15th April) published a plan for adult social care in response to Covid-19.

The…

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Carers UK responds to increased Covid-19 testing in social care settings
15 April 20

The Government has today (Wednesday 15th April) committed to offering Covid-19 testing for everyone who needs one in social care…

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Carers UK responds to Government guidance on furloughing
09 April 20

On 4th April 2020 the Government issued guidance on furloughing workers via the Job Retention Scheme, which sees UK workers…

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Carers UK responds to new guidelines on Care Act easements
01 April 20

The Government last night (Tuesday 31st March) published guidance for local authorities on how they should use the new Care…

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Carers UK welcomes changes to Carer’s Allowance in response to Coronavirus
30 March 20

To help unpaid carers during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government has introduced a new aspect to the eligibility criteria for…

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Carers UK responds to Emergency Coronavirus Bill
18 March 20

The Government has introduced an emergency draft Bill to help the NHS and local authorities better tackle the Coronavirus.

Through…

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Carers UK reacts to Spring Budget 2020
11 March 20

After promises by the new Government to deliver a solution for the social care crisis, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak did…

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Free e-learning programme boosts confidence and skills amongst unpaid carers
13 February 20
  • Charity Carers UK launches free tool to help validate the skills gained through caring
  • Learning for Living supports carers…
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Carers UK reacts to Joseph Rowntree report on poverty
07 February 20

Today the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published its latest report on poverty, which shows as many as a quarter of…

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Carers UK responds to 2020 State of Local Government Finance report
05 February 20

The Local Government Information Unit has today published its 2020 State of Local Government Finance report. It shows near universal…

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Carers UK responds to Prime Minister’s BBC Breakfast interview
14 January 20

In an interview on BBC Breakfast this morning (Tuesday 14th January 2020) the Prime Minister Boris Johnson committed to bringing…

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Carers UK reacts to Queen’s Speech
19 December 19

The Queen has today (Thursday 19th December) set out the Government's agenda in the State Opening of Parliament. In the…

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Carers UK reacts to Age UK research showing over 80s provide £23 billion of unpaid care
19 December 19

Age UK has today released new research which shows 1 in 3 people over 80 are unpaid carers for sick…

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Carers UK responds to General Election 2019 result
16 December 19

Commenting on the priorities for the new Government, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

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Average UK person just as likely to be unpaid carer as homeowner
21 November 19
  • Figures released for Carers Rights Day show two thirds of UK adults can expect to care unpaid for a…
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Carers UK reacts to Government response to Carer's Allowance overpayments
05 November 19

The Work and Pensions Committee has today published the government’s response to its report on overpayments of Carer’s Allowance, the…

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Manifesto for a society that respects, values and supports carers
05 November 19

Carers UK has published a manifesto for carers calling on all political parties to commit to improving the lives of…

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Carers UK responds to new rate of Carer’s Allowance
04 November 19

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has today laid a Written Ministerial Statement in the House of Commons…

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Fifth fewer unpaid carers being supported by local authorities in England
22 October 19

NHS Digital has today released 2018-19 data on Adult Social Care Spending in England, which includes support for those caring…

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Carers UK responds to proposals in Queen's Speech
14 October 19

In today's Queen's Speech (14th October 2019) the government committed to bring forward proposals to "to reform adult social care…

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Carers UK responds to Aviva research on mid-life workers expecting to leave their jobs to care
09 October 19

New research launched today by Aviva suggests an estimated 2.6 million people in the UK aged 45 and above expect…

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Third of unpaid carers would use a break from caring to see the doctor
13 September 19
  • Freedom of Information request reveals unpaid carers seeking replacement care for loved ones subjected to a postcode lottery
  • Hundreds…
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Carers UK sets out priorities to be addressed in one-year Spending Review
03 September 19

Ahead of the Government’s one-year spending review tomorrow, Wednesday 4th September, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK last week…

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Carers UK responds to NICE draft guidance on supporting unpaid carers
02 August 19

The National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE) has today published draft guidelines for local authorities and health…

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Carers UK responds to Work and Pensions Committee's report on Carer's Allowance
02 August 19

The Work and Pensions Committee has today released a critical report on the Department for Work and Pensions' handling of…

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Carers UK responds to one year progress review of Government’s Carers Action Plan
23 July 19

The Department for Health and Social Care has today (Tuesday 23rd July 2019) published its one year progress review of…

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Carers UK responds to Prime Minister's launch of consultation on leave entitlements
19 July 19

The Prime Minister has today (19th July 2019) launched a consultation on parental leave entitlements called Good Work Plan: Proposals…

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Unpaid carers face bleak financial future paying care costs on top of tens of hours of care every week
09 July 19

Carers UK calls on leadership candidates to put UK’s families first and commit to funding adult social care

New research…

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Carers UK responds to Government launch of roadmap 'Gender equality at every stage'
03 July 19

The Government Equalities Office has today (3rd July 2019) released a roadmap for gender equality in the UK. In it,…

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Carers UK responds to latest budget survey from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services in England
26 June 19

Carers UK responds to latest budget survey from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

The Association of Directors…

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Carers UK responds to new NHS Digital figures revealing worsening impact on unpaid carers
25 June 19

New data has been released today by NHS Digital on unpaid carers in England and the impact of caring on…

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Carers UK responds to ONS ‘Living longer and old-age dependency – what does the future hold?' data release
24 June 19

‘Living longer and old-age dependency – what does the future hold?’ the new data release from the ONS suggests that…

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Carers UK and Sport England team up to improve carers’ well-being and combat loneliness
21 June 19
  • 54% of carers report reduced levels of sport and physical activity because of caring.
Carers UK and Sport England…
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Carers UK responds to launch of £5 million Carers Innovation Fund
11 June 19

The Department of Health and Social Care has today (Wednesday 12th June 2019) launched its £5 million Carers Innovation Fund…

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Centrica and Carers UK write to the UK’s largest employers to encourage more support for carers
07 May 19

Carers UK is working with Centrica in a bid to help one million carers stay in or return to work b…

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Quarter of a million NHS workers juggle job with caring unpaid for loved one
29 April 19

New research by the leading carers’ charity Carers UK estimates nearly a quarter of a million NHS workers (247,000) in…

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Carers UK responds to NAO investigation into Carer's Allowance overpayments
26 April 19

The National Audit Office has today (Friday 26th April 2019) released a report on its investigation into overpayments of Carer's…

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Carers UK responds to Spring Statement 2019
13 March 19

In his Spring Statement today (Wednesday 13th March 2019) the Chancellor did not make any commitments to the funding of soc…

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Research: More than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day
05 February 19

More than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day

1 in 7 of the…

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Carers UK comments on new findings that one in four sandwich carers report symptoms of mental ill-health
14 January 19

New figures from the Office for National Statistics on sandwich carers – those who care for both sick, disabled or older…

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Work and Pensions Secretary urged to make financial support fairer for unpaid carers
10 January 19

Carers UK delivers a letter from 8,200 carers calling on Amber Rudd to increase Carer’s Allowance in the rest of…

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Carers UK responds to NHS Long Term Plan
07 January 19

Today, NHS England published its Long Term Plan, setting out the NHS’s goals and ambitions for the next decade.

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Carers UK launches visionary five-year strategy to support unpaid carers
01 January 01

The UK charity supporting people caring unpaid for older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends has set out an…

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Carers UK responds to Queen's Speech
01 January 01

Responding to the Queen's Speech on 11th May 2021, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

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