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Tipping point for care

Wednesday, 24 February 2010
On the day (19 February 2010) of the care conference called by Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham MP, to try to find political consensus on the reform of social care, the national charity Carers UK called upon government, employers, public services, communities and families to sign up to a new social contract before a tipping point for care is reached in 2017 that…
One year on from the forum's launch in January 2009, Employers for Carers (EfC)'s second Networking Event for members, held 2 February 2010, was addressed by Jonathan Shaw MP, Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions. The Minister, who has responsibility for carers within DWP, updated members on the Government's progress on implementing the National Carers Strategy launched in June 2008.…

OBE for Chair of EfC

Tuesday, 05 January 2010
Caroline Waters is to be awarded an OBE for her 'services to diversity and equal opportunities'.

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…