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4.5 million additional people caring for older, disabled or seriously ill relatives or friends since the Covid-19 pandemic Unpaid carers and those not caring just as worried about stress and responsibility of providing care UK public demands better deal for unpaid carers Carers Week charities call on Government to recognise unpaid carers’ efforts and rebuild country’s care and support services New figures released for Carers…
Carers UK have today released a new report, Supporting carers health and wellbeing in the workplace, based on the findings of a survey completed by almost 200 employer organisations. One in seven employees in the UK is caring for an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend and this number is set to increase; while supporting employees, who are also caring, to remain…
Reduced or closed care services mean family members are picking up even more care for older, sick or disabled relatives Carers tell charity they feel ‘overwhelmed’ and are at risk of burning out Carers UK calls for Government recognition of unpaid carers’ efforts during pandemic and increase to Carer’s Allowance A staggering 70% of unpaid carers in the UK are having to provide more care…
On 4th April 2020 the Government issued guidance on furloughing workers via the Job Retention Scheme, which sees UK workers on PAYE payroll receive at least 80% of their salary if they are not able to work during the height of the coronavirus outbreak. Furloughing applies only if the employer’s operations have been severely affected by coronavirus, and where the person cannot work from home…

Carers UK response to COVID-19

Monday, 16 March 2020
Carers UK and Carers Trust have made a joint statement regarding the coronavirus – or COVID-19. The statement is an overview of the current advice for people who provide unpaid care. The 2011 census found that there are 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK. They provide unpaid care to the value of £132 billion a year – roughly equivalent to the NHS. Planning must…