Half of unpaid carers expect their quality of life to get worse in the next 12 months, according to Carers UK.
This view from Carers UK backs up what we here our members saying and validates a widely held view that the government is using unpaid carers to help keep down the cost of social care in the UK.
We regularly find that people are caring for loved ones who are in receipt of a disability benefit, yet nobody has mentioned to them that they can claim a carers allowance from the government. The amount that carers allowance pays is far from a living wage, however it is money that is available and whilst its not a lot of money, it is available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. Find out more about carers benefits here
In a new report, 'State of Caring 2018' , Carers UK surveyed almost 7,000 people who were providing care between March and May 2018. Key findings include -
Urging national governments to take the lead in coordinating action across national and local government, the NHS and employers, Carers UK calls for action to -
Commenting on the report, Chief Executive of Carers UK Helena Herklots said -
'This year, 70 years of the National Health Service is being celebrated across the UK. It is imperative that the huge contribution made by unpaid carers is also recognised. The care provided by unpaid carers in the UK is worth an estimated £132 billion per year – more than the NHS’s annual budget in England. Despite the fact that the NHS and social care sector rely heavily on family and friends, we know that carers feel devastatingly undervalued and unsupported. Our research shows that carers are becoming increasingly fearful about coping in the future due to services they rely on being cut and a general lack of support.
As we look at the future of our health and care system, it is essential that relatives and friends who are the backbone of care in the UK are identified, valued and supported without exception. More attention needs to be paid to the priorities identified by carers in the State of Caring 2018 report, including the urgent need for access to affordable, high quality care services, financial support, regular breaks from caring and stronger workplace rights to support people to combine work and care if they wish to.'
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