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Carers UK has set out its vision of a society that respects, values and supports carers, calling on the Government to be bold as it develops its new strategy to improve the lives of those caring unpaid for older, disabled and seriously ill family members and friends.

Charity warns that failure to address housing challenges for carers is a national health issue

Age UK and Carers UK call for fresh approach to support those juggling work and unpaid care

Caring for as little as five hours a week can have a significant impact on employment prospects, with those caring for more than 10 hours a week at marked risk of leaving the labour market altogether[1], costing the economy an estimated £1.3 billion[2], according to new analysis by Age UK and Carers UK.

Carers UK warns that without urgent and significant investment in social care, the consequences for families, the NHS and the viability of care providers are potentially devastating. 

Carers UK has expressed concern in response to the Government’s consultation on Business Rates which includes consulting on transferring the budget and responsibility for Attendance Allowance, the main benefit for disabled older people, to local government in England. Carers UK welcomes the Local Government Association’s statement that councils do not want responsibility for administering the payment [1].

Carers UK welcomes a new review, published today by  the Carers Trust and former care minister Professor Paul Burstow, which indicates that the new rights for carers introduced by the Care Act are far from being realised.

The life chances of many of the 6.5 million people in the UK who care, unpaid, for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend, are being damaged by inadequate support from local services, according to new research launched today for Carers Week 2016.1 

Today, the Care Quality Commission published its 5 Year Strategy from 2016-2021, setting out its ambition for a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulation, so that more people can receive high-quality care.

Carers UK is calling for the Government, local authorities and health bodies to redouble their efforts to support England’s 5.4 million unpaid carers, as new research from the charity reveals how a perfect storm of squeezed public services and financial pressures is pushing carers to the brink.1

Last night, during the Third Reading of the Housing and Planning Bill, the Government announced they would allow carers to have longer tenancies in council housing, in response to an amendment tabled by Baroness Lister earlier in the parliamentary process. Carers UK today welcomed the new commitment but still urged the Government to look more closely at effects of the Bill on carers.

Today, the Women and Equalities Select Committee has published its report on the Gender Pay Gap [1]. The report recommends the introduction of a period of care leave, alongside other measures to support carers in work. Carers UK submitted evidence which is included in the report [2].

Responding to the Government’s announcement that it will not be proceeding with proposed changes to qualification for the Daily Living Component of the Personal Independent Payment (PIP), Carers UK’s Director of Policy, Emily Holzhausen said:

Following the news that the Government wants to change the way the disability living component of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is calculated from January 2017, Carers UK is calling on the Government to carry out an urgent impact assessment to better understand the effect these changes will have on carers. 

From today, carers in England will be able to have their say on the important support services they need to care well for both themselves and their loved ones.

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget today, Heléna Herklots, CEO of Carers UK expressed concern about the future of support for carers and their families:


Carers Week 2016Today, Carers UK and six other major charities launched Carers Week 2016 – a nationwide awareness campaign to improve public understanding about caring and the unique challenges carers face. Carers Week will run from 6-12 June 2016.

Today, the so-called bedroom tax has been declared discriminatory by Court of Appeal judges, following a legal challenge by grandparents who care for their disabled grandson, and a survivor of domestic violence.

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Benefit cap significant victory for carersCarers UK hails a “significant victory for carers” today as the Government announced it will change the law to exempt all carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance from the benefit cap.

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The announcement was made last night by Lord Freud, Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, in a House of Lords debate on the Welfare Reform & Work Bill.1

As the Government prepares to respond to a High Court ruling that the benefit cap unfairly discriminates against carers, Carers UK is calling for all carers to be exempt from the cap.

The call comes almost two months after the ruling was passed down and as the House of Lords is about to debate an amendment to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill1, which would exempt those on Carer’s Allowance from the cap.

Today, responding to the Government’s announcement that they are consulting on transferring the budget and responsibility for Attendance Allowance to local government in England and to Wales – which would have serious repercussions for those providing unpaid care in the future – Carers UK expressed its grave concern and alarm.

Today, the High Court has ruled that carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance should be exempt from the benefit cap, following a judicial review challenge to the policy and its impact on carers and the disabled, seriously-ill or older loved ones they support.

Carers UK has warned that today’s Comprehensive Spending Review has failed to do enough for carers.

Half of carers providing substantial care to a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one in the UK may be missing out on vital support*, according to new research by the charity Carers UK. The findings come on Carers Rights Day – a national awareness day organised by the charity to inform the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers of their rights, benefits and the services they are entitled to.

Today, a new report1 from Carers UK and the University of Sheffield reveals that the 6.8 million2 people who provide unpaid care for a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one in the UK save the state £132 billion a year – close to the cost of a second NHS.3  

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