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

As in the previous tier system and throughout the second national lockdown, unpaid carers can continue to provide essential care. Support groups for unpaid carers can also continue in all four tiers.

The regulations continue to allow carers in all four tiers to arrange for another family member or friend to provide respite care so that they can take a break.

People caring for someone with a disability at home can continue to form a support bubble with another household, a “linked household”.

“The exemptions have been critical so far and Carers UK is pleased to see them continue in the latest tier system as they recognise the challenges for people caring for older, disabled and seriously ill people.”

“In October, 81% of carers are still taking on more care for their loved ones, more than half of carers said their physical and mental health has been impacted by caring through the pandemic. It essential that carers are able to have family or friends provide respite care and breaks over winter which will be crucial in helping them take care of their own health.”


Carers UK has updated it’s guidance for carers in England here.

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