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New research[i] by Carers UK reveals that 8 out of 10 carers have felt lonely or isolated as a result of looking after a loved one and over a third feel uncomfortable talking to friends about being a carer.

New research by the charity Carers UK reveals that 10.6 million people will take on a new unpaid caring role for relatives and friends who are sick or disabled over the next five years, but unless changes are made, will be left under-equipped to deal with the challenges of caring.

Today the Government has published the statutory regulations and guidance which accompany the Care Act 2014. We now have the details of how the Act will work in practice including the threshold at which carers and those with care needs will be eligible for support.

Today, on the publication of the new NHS Five Year Forward View, Carers UK warmly welcomes the new vision set out for the NHS. For the first time, it sets out a clear commitment to identify carers better, provide more help for carers in crisis and a new programme of support for NHS employees who also have caring responsibilities. 

Carers UK welcomes CQC’s message that it is calling time on the poor quality care that is letting down families, employers and society as a whole.

Carers UK has welcomed the Government announcement that from April 2015 the earnings threshold for Carer's Allowance will be raised to £110 a week.

Carers across the UK are being pushed to the brink – suffering exhaustion, physical and mental breakdown as they struggle to care for older or disabled loved ones.

Carers UK has responded to the publication of the final report by the Barker Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England.

Cuts to social care funding have reached £3.53 billion over the past four years, a survey published today by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) shows.

The extension of working rights is an important step in helping workers to combine caring responsibilities for family members with paid employment, charity Carers UK says.

News stats reinforce need for nation to wake-up to carers needs.

Research reveals crisis of carers struggling without support and huge gaps in national understanding of growing social issue.

Carers Trust and Carers UK respond to NHS England carer pledge, launched today at Carers UK's annual State of Caring conference.

Charity and industry unite a century of experience to innovate support for caring families. 

Dementia is moving “centre stage” as a business issue with more that can and must be done to address the care crisis now looming over the economy, business leaders will be told today

Carers UK is celebrating securing historic new rights for parents of disabled children as Peers agree a last minute amendment to the Children and Families Bill to include them in new legislative rights for carers.

12-month investigation by Carers UK exposes stark reality faced by those looking after loved ones who are older, disabled or seriously ill: loss of savings, debt and struggling to afford food and heating

Government slashes support for full-time carers of older and disabled loved ones

Carers UK welcomes Government amendment to improve parent carers' rights

Responding to last night’s debate on strengthening the rights of parent carers, the Children’s Minister, Lord Nash, agreed to introduce an amendment at the final stage of the children and Families Bill

NEW care laws which ignore the rights of parents with seriously ill or disabled children must be revised, Carers UK says. Government has an unprecedented opportunity to redress this, but time is running out

Carers UK announces first adopters of newly launched app Jointly – the app for families caring for loved ones

Carers UK today makes a pioneering move into the app market with the launch of Jointly – a tool to help families manage care for loved ones alongside increasingly complex lives

The Government has published Guidance on the Better Care Fund. The Fund was announced in June as part of the 2013 Spending Round. The funding is designed to help local authorities work more closely with their local health authority to develop integrated services and to prepare for their new duties under the Care Bill.

For carers, the Fund includes:

  • £130 million for carers breaks in 2015-16, an increase on the £100 million a year which has been available since 2011.
  • Funding to implement new duties on local councils to support carers through social care services.

Responding to the publication of Guidance on the ‘Better Care Fund’, Director of Policy at Carers UK, Emily Holzhausen said:

“Carers UK is pleased to see the confirmation of increased funding for respite breaks for carers and money identified to support the delivery of the welcome new rights for carers in the Care Bill.

However this funding is not ring-fenced so it is vital that local authorities, who are under considerable financial pressure, protect this funding and ensure that it reaches families who are struggling to provide care for loved ones. Although announcements on funding for carers’ breaks are welcome, carers are disappointed to find that this doesn’t reach them on the ground – or, worse still, that the support they receive is actually being cut.

There is a very real risk that money added to budgets to support carers will drain away elsewhere as severe cuts to local council’s allocations from Government continue to result in reduced spending on social care. Alongside specific funding for carers, Government must deliver the wider social care funding needed to meet growing demand and recover from decades of underfunding. “

Carers UK is also calling for the Care Bill to be amended to include a duty on NHS bodies to identify carers. We believe this duty would support the NHS and local government in working together to improve the lives of carers, and ensure the Better Care Fund brings the greatest benefit for carers.

The Fund, originally referred to as the Integration Transformation Fund, provides for £3.8 billion worth of funding in 2015/16 to be spent locally on health and care to improve integration. In 2014/15, in addition to the £900m transfer already planned from the NHS to adult social care, a further £200m will transfer to enable local areas to prepare for the Better Care Fund in 2015/16.

Carers UK will be doing further analysis of the Fund and accompanying Guidance.


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