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New research by the leading carers’ charity Carers UK estimates nearly a quarter of a million NHS workers (247,000) in England are juggling work and caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.

The National Audit Office has today (Friday 26th April 2019) released a report on its investigation into overpayments of Carer's Allowance. This is the main benefit for people caring for more than 35 hours a week.

In his Spring Statement today (Wednesday 13th March 2019) the Chancellor did not make any commitments to the funding of social care.

More than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day

  • 1 in 7 of the UK workforce caring for a loved one
  • 2.6 million have quit their job to care
  • Carers UK calls for better employment rights including five to 10 days paid care leave


Research: More than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day
2019-02-05 00:05:00

New figures from the Office for National Statistics on sandwich carers – those who care for both sick, disabled or older relatives and dependent children - show this group are more likely to report symptoms of mental ill-health, feel less satisfied with life, and struggle financially compared with the general population. 

  • Carers UK delivers a letter from 8,200 carers calling on Amber Rudd to increase Carer’s Allowance in the rest of the UK to match change in Scotland
  • More than 750,000 unpaid carers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are £442 a year worse off compared with carers in Scotland1

Today, NHS England published its Long Term Plan, setting out the NHS’s goals and ambitions for the next decade.

Think-tank Demos has today published its research on unpaid carers, The Carers’ Covenant, which finds that government policy has left too many unpaid carers without the support they need.

  • New research shows that unpaid carers’ finances worsen the longer they’re caring for a loved one
  • Half of people caring for more than 15 years and struggling financially are having to cut back on food or heating
  • UK's leading carers’ charity urges local authorities and employers to provide accessible information on carers’ rights

Department for Work and Pensions minister Justin Tomlinson has today laid a Written Ministerial Statement in the House of Commons on changes to social security benefit and pension up-ratings in April 2019. As part of the Statement the Government also announced it is making a change to the Carer’s Allowance Earnings Rule.

Speaking at the National Children and Adult Social Services Conference (NCASC), the Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage MP announced that funding for the Carers Innovation Fund, communicated earlier this year as part of the Carers Action Plan, will increase from £500,000 to £5million.


 Responding to the announcement Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK said: 

Commenting on Budget 2018, Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK said:

The latest data from NHS Digital on Adult Social Care Spending in England, which includes support for those caring unpaid for adults, was published on the 23rd of October 2018.

Responding to today's report from England's health and care regulator, the Care Quality Commission's on the State of Care in England

Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs said:

New research finds that family and friends are grappling with a range of challenges as they help older and disabled loved ones to stay well-nourished and hydrated.

Helen Walker W 602530 1webCarers UK is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Helen Walker. Helen joins the organisation from the national volunteering charity TimeBank where she has spent ten years as Chief Executive.

Helen will take over as Carers UK’s new Chief Executive on 3rd December 2018. Helen replaces Heléna Herklots CBE, who stepped down after nearly 7 years at Carers UK to become the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. 

The pressure on families and the health and care system is set to rise substantially as new research predicts the number of adults aged 85 and older needing round-the-clock care will almost double to nearly 450,000 in England by 2035, according to a study from researchers at the London School of Economics and the University of Newcastle published in The Lancet Public Health journal.

Commenting on the publication of the Government’s response to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Report on Support for Carers, Chloe Wright, Head of Policy at Carers UK said:

Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, commented on the newly published report, Caring for Carers, by the think tank Social Market Foundation, published today (Monday 16 July 2018):

Only one in ten (10%) of those caring unpaid for a relative or friend feel confident that the support they receive and rely upon will continue. Half of unpaid carers (50%) said they expect their quality of life to get worse in the next 12 months with only 8% saying they expect it to get better.

Commenting on the 70th anniversary of the NHS, Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

The Care Quality Commission has today released a report ‘Beyond Barriers’ which looks at the experiences of older people moving between health and care services. The report pulls together findings from a review of 20 local systems and outlines how services are working together to support people aged over 65 and what improvements could be made.

The joint report out today by two Committees of cross party MPs, the Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Health and Social Care Committee, calls for new contributions from individuals and employers into a dedicated fund to be ringfenced to help pay for the growing demand for social care in the future. Highlighting the immense strain that the current system is under, including families providing unpaid care, the MPs have proposed a series of measures including a new “Social Care Premium”.

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