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The Carer Poverty Commission was established to better understand the causes of poverty among Northern Ireland’s unpaid carer population and deliver the fresh thinking needed to address it. 

Led by Carers NI, the Commission has two important goals – to: 

  • examine the scale and drivers of poverty among unpaid carers in Northern Ireland; and 
  • design new policy recommendations for the Stormont Assembly and Executive to help root out that poverty wherever it exists. 

The Commission will run from January 2023 to January 2024. During that time, we’ll be undertaking an extensive programme of research and campaigning activity in Northern Ireland – including focus groups and events with unpaid carers, engagement with decision-makers and sector experts, data modelling on the best ways to reduce carer poverty rates and much more. 

All of the work of the Commission is led and informed by the voices, experiences and views of unpaid carers in Northern Ireland. They will shape everything we do, so if you’re an unpaid carer who wants to be involved or tell us your story, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch here.

Get in touch

Are you interested in finding out more about the work of the Carer Poverty Commission? Are you an unpaid carer in Northern Ireland who wants to take part in the research or share your experience of poverty and financial strain?

If so, please get in touch: 

If you have a press enquiry about the Carer Poverty Commission, please contact Craig Harrison:
or call 07553 180202

Meet the steering group

The project is led by Carers NI and advised by a steering group of unpaid carers and key figures from academia, the community sector, food bank providers and other poverty experts from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Latest news

Find out the latest updates and information from the Carer Poverty Commission about matters relating to unpaid carers in Northern Ireland.

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