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State of Caring Survey 2018 results.

Each year we run the State of Caring Survey to help us show the reality of what it means to care for a family member or friend.

This year almost 7000 people currently caring unpaid for loved ones filled out our survey and we wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who did. By completing the survey you’ve helped to give us valuable evidence to support our campaigns and give us a real-time picture of what it’s like to be a carer in 2018.

Worryingly results from our annual State of Caring survey have shown that half of unpaid carers said they expect their quality of life to get worse in the next 12 months. The research shows the immense strain carers are under and an underfunded social care system that is really taking its toll on families. Only one in ten of those caring unpaid for a relative or friend feel confident that the support they receive and rely upon will continue.

You can read the full report here

Campaigning for change

This year we are campaigning for carers to be able to access a break from their caring role, for a rise in Carer’s Allowance and for stronger rights for carers who are juggling work and care.

We know too that social care and the NHS will again be at the top of the agenda this year. We want to make sure that pressure on carers is at the centre of discussions about more funding and the results of the State of Caring report will give us much needed evidence to do this.

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