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Review of support for working carers

Thursday, 17 December 2009
The Government has this week (15 December 2009) announced that there will be a consultation on the support for carers who combine caring with paid work, and it has also announced an increase in the earnings limit for Carer's Allowance. In the White Paper Building Britain's Recovery, published today by the Department for Work and Pensions, it says: "For people combining paid work with caring…

1 million give up work to care

Friday, 11 December 2009
One in six carers give up or cut back work to care and face a significant drop in income which can continue for several years. New research by Ipsos MORI for Carers Rights Day shows the average carer in Britain today cares for around six-and-a-half years clocking up an average of 27 hours a week. With their focus on making sure their partner, parent or…

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…