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Carers UK and not-for-profit campaign Smart Energy GB are excited to be working together to raise awareness of smart meters amongst unpaid carers in Britain. Described as the next generation of gas and electricity meters, they are designed to help consumers take control of and manage their energy use at home. They have the potential to make life easier for time-pressed family members and friends…
Research has shown that more flexible forms of working are here to stay. Acas has published new guidance and resources to support employers who wish to introduce hybrid working into their organisations, what steps they can take to do so and what considerations they should be aware of. The advice covers: • Considering hybrid working for your organisation• Ways of hybrid working• Discussing hybrid working…

Carers Week round-up

Tuesday, 29 June 2021
All across Carers UK, there were lunch and learns, Care for a Cuppa’s, and a virtual parliamentary event. On the Carers Week website there were 2,573 actions, including 850 activities and 1,407 voices. Many of you were among the 167 organisations that pledged their support, alongside 90 politicians and 146 individuals. Carers UK also launched new research on carers’ breaks and the continued impact of…
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the five projects that will share £23 million in funding from it's healthy ageing challenge. Carers UK will be involved in the Tribe project, led by Bronze Labs, which will use technology to address national care inequality at the local level. This comprises a digital platform that can both map and predict care ‘dark patches’ where home care…

Working and Caring in COVID-19

Wednesday, 09 June 2021
 The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on caring in all its forms – including the growing number of workers who are caring for older, disabled or ill family members or friends. Research published by Carers UK with YouGov in Carers Week last year showed that millions more people took on caring responsibilities in a matter of weeks after the outbreak of Covid-19. Strikingly, of…