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The State of Caring Survey 2018 has now closed.

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.

We need your help to give us the evidence to support our campaigns and give us a real-time picture of what it’s like to be a carer in 2018.

This is the most extensive survey into carers' experiences in the UK. As a result, it will take at least 20 - 30 minutes to complete. We are so grateful to each and every person who takes the time to complete the survey and give us a full picture of their caring experience.

We will publish the survey results later in the year.

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 we need your evidence to do this.

Last year more than 7000 carers shared their experience. We used this to provide evidence on a whole range of issues and to make the arguments to Government, to policy makers and to MPs about what carers need. It meant the voices of carers were heard in debates about NHS funding, the quality and funding of care services, loneliness, human rights, pensions and many more issues.

We published the findings of our 2017 survey in our State of Caring Report

In the media

Thanks to all the carers that shared their stories, the issues affecting carers like lack of access to breaks, financial hardship, loneliness, the difficulties of juggling work and care and the impact of cuts to NHS and social care support have been covered in hundreds and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, on TV and on the radio reaching an audience of over 70 million people.

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