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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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Carers UK responds to Government announcement on flexible working

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

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12,000 people in the UK become unpaid carers every day
  • 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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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
  • 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’ 

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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):

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
  • 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
  • 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

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

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:

 “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:

“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

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

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

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

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

On…

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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:

‘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

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

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

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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

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’

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

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:

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’

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

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:

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

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'

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
  • 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
  • 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

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
  • 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

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
  • 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

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
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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

Carers UK responds to COVID-19 booster jab prioritisation

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Carers UK responds to NHSX England draft data strategy

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

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

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

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
  • 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
  • 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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

‘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
  • 54% of carers report reduced levels of sport and physical activity because of caring.
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Carers UK responds to launch of £5 million Carers Innovation Fund

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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