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Reaction to Queen's Speech

Thursday, 19 November 2009
The Speech contained a number of Bills that will impact on carers, including groundbreaking legislation to provide free care at home for those with the most severe disabilities.  The Personal Care at Home Bill will introduce free personal care for the 280,000 people with the most critical care needs, providing help with basic tasks such as getting out of bed, washing and dressing. This is the…

End carer poverty

Thursday, 12 November 2009
Adelegation of Carers UK members have been to Number Ten to hand in the Carers Poverty Charter which calls for urgent action to improve carer finances. Carers UK's Carers Poverty Charter, launched in May on BBC Breakfast, was delivered to 10 Downing Street by a delegation of carers. One of the carers was Don Brereton, Chair of Carers UK, who said "This Charter sends a…

Green Paper's funding options

Thursday, 05 November 2009
'Trust us', Ministers say on the care Green Paper sums Charities working with older people, carers and disabled people are disappointed that the Government won't be publishing the financial modelling behind the care funding Green Paper until next year. With just ten days to the closure (13 November 2009) of the consultation on the green paper's funding options, stakeholders have been told that the financial…

Time off for carers

Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Carers UK, with backing from the Daily Mirror, is calling for carers to be allowed extra time off work when they are unable to cope. One in five people looking after someone find it impossible to balance a job and caring. Carers UK is backing the Daily Mirror's caring for carers campaign and calling for carer's leave to be made law. This would give a…

Free care for critical needs

Thursday, 08 October 2009
The Prime Minister today announced that disabled and older people with critical needs will be entitled to free care in their homes. This would benefit up to 350,000 people and could mean families who are currently struggling to meet the costs of care could be hundreds of pounds better off. Gordon Brown said that from October 2010 those with the highest needs would get free…