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Spending Review announcements

Wednesday, 20 October 2010
The Government has announced (20 October 2010) its intention to cut public spending in the UK by £81 billion a year by 2014/2015 in order to eliminate the structural budget deficit. Key measures to achieve this will include: A cut to Government Departmental budgets of around 19% on average, with a loss of around half a million public sector jobs Cuts to the welfare budget  …

EfC Members meet government ministers

Thursday, 14 October 2010
EfC members were joined by two government ministers - Edward Davey MP, Minister for Employment Relations at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions at a networking event hosted by the Metropolitan Police on 14.10.10. Maria Miller, who has responsibility for carers within DWP, recognised key issues of concern…
A report published today (11 October 2010) by the Equality and Human Rights Commission highlights the challenges faced by carers. The Equality and Human Rights Commission Triennial Review highlights the challenges faced by carers in the light of the ageing population as one of the key risks to equality that is likely to increase over the coming years unless we take action to address this.…
New return to work advice for carers The Government’s adult careers service Next Step is now providing a new online service, helping adults make choices about which skills and courses are best suited to them. The website includes advice for carers seeking to return to work: https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/HelpAdviceandMoney/adviceforyoursituation/carers/Pages/default.aspx It is part of a wider support programme, which also includes face to face and telephone services, offering…

Millions of carers to gain new rights

Thursday, 30 September 2010
Today (1 October 2010), millions of people caring unpaid for disabled people gained new rights under the Equality Act 2010 which will mean that they cannot be directly discriminated against or harrassed because they are caring for someone who is disabled. Statement from Carers UK: Imelda Redmond CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said, "We often hear of situations where carers have been treated less…