One in three carers receive no support

Categories: Care.

The research has been published to coincide with the charity’s State of Caring 2013 Conference taking place today (1 May 2013).

The conference brings together policy-makers, NHS and social care professionals, voluntary groups and carers to explore how to support the increasing numbers of carers in tough economic times.

According to Carers UK, around 2 million people become carers every year, and the number of people requiring care will outstrip the number of working age family members within five years.

Carers UK are warning that new cuts to benefits and services could undo decades of work to improve carers’ lives.

Almost a third (31%) of respondents to a Carers UK survey who are full-time carers said they receive no practical support with caring. The survey also found that 44% of carers were pushed into debt as a result of the extra costs of caring and giving up work or reducing hours to care.

Carers UK was founded by Reverend Mary Webster in 1965. Heléna Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK, said: “When Mary Webster gave up her career to care for her parents, she felt her caring was not seen or valued. In 1963 she began campaigning for support for carers – rights, respite, financial help and advice.

“Through five decades rights and entitlements have been won across employment, care, pensions, and benefits. Yet for all this, fifty years on, many carers today would still recognise and identify with the situation that Mary experienced – being forced to give up their jobs and facing isolation, financial hardship and poor health as a result of caring for older or disabled loved ones.

“Leaving one in three carers to care alone, with no help, shows that, as a society, we have much more to do to ensure that this normal part of life does not end up pushing families into crisis.”

Carers UK is also conduction the Caring and Family Finances Enquiry and encourages carers to complete the State of Caring Survey.

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