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Boosting carers’ vaccinations: carers aged 16-49
The role of joint working between local carers’ organisations and local authorities along with health services is now critical to ensure that unpaid carers are aware of their ability to get their COVID-19 booster and their free flu jab and are encouraged to take up that offer...
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Carer Champions in the workplace help unpaid carers access vital support
Carer Champions in the workplace help unpaid carers access vital support Almost three quarters (73%) of carer friendly employers surveyed have a carer champion in their workplace Around a third (35%) of employers have a carer champion who is currently caring Almost half (46%) of respondents have one carer champion in their workplace while a further 21% have two and 33% have three or more Carer champions in the workplace are having a positive impact helping employees in their caring roles, something that was relatively unknown pre-pandemic...
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Carers UK responds to the House of Lords report: A “gloriously ordinary life”: spotlight on adult social care
08 December 2022 A report published today by the House of Lords Adult Social Care Committee, which was appointed to deliberate the planning for and delivery of adult social care services in England, calls on the government for an urgent reform in adult social care...
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Out of the Woods
Out of the Woods is an NHS short animation which gives the viewer an insight into the lives of Young Carers and hopefully encourage Young Carers to take steps to seek support. The video is intended to raise awareness of the challenges and issues faced by Young Carers...
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Healthwatch Cumbria Feedback Survey - 2022
Healthwatch Cumbria are conducting this short survey because we would like to know what your views are on our visibility and impact within Cumbria. The feedback that you give us will be used to inform and help us shape our future core work activities...
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Carers Rights Day 2022 highlights the needs of 56,400 Cumbrians
Organisations across Cumbria are highlighting the cost of caring for the 56,400 Unpaid Carers in the county. To mark Carers Rights Day 2022, Carer Support Cumbria is raising awareness of Unpaid Carers' rights, their needs and the support available...
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Carers UK responds to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP, has unveiled the Government’s Autumn Budget. Carers UK welcomes the Government’s announcement that benefit payments will be uprated in line with inflation next year, meaning Carer’s Allowance and other benefits will rise by 10...
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Unpaid Carers aren't heating or eating!!
Unpaid carers are extremely vulnerable to the #CostOfLiving crisis. Many can’t cut back without affecting the person they care for. We’ve written to @Jeremy_Hunt with @CarersUK & 64 other organisations to tell him to provide urgent support for carers in his #AutumnStatement...
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Carer's Leave Bill passes Committee Stage
Carers UK are delighted to report that events have moved quickly since the Carer’s Leave Bill passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Friday 21 October...
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Our State of Caring 2022 report reveals the crisis carers are in
Today we’re releasing our State of Caring 2022 report: the largest and most comprehensive survey of unpaid carers...
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Carers UK responds to Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill passing Second Reading
On Friday 28th October the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill, passed its Second Reading, with Government support. The Bill would make it easier for carers to request flexible working, by increasing the number of times they can request flexible working within a year-long period and requiring employers to consult with employees before rejecting any such request...
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Carers UK urges new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to ensure unpaid carers get the financial support they desperately need
Rishi Sunak has; 25 October 2022, been declared leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. Earlier in the year, as Chancellor, Rishi Sunak pledged to uprate benefits in line with inflation and Carers UK is urging him to keep to his pledge so that hard-pressed unpaid carers can better manage during the cost-of-living crisis...
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Carer's Leave Bill passes first crucial step towards landmark new right
We are delighted to report that Wendy Chamberlain MP’s Private Member’s Bill, which would introduce up to a week of unpaid Carer’s Leave, has today passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons as well as securing the Government’s formal support...
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Carers and the cost of living: new research out today
Carers UK new report Heading for Crisis: caught between caring and rising costs, which published today...
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Carers UK responds to appointment of Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt as new Chancellor of the Exchequer
Responding to the announcement that Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP will be the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK said: “With Jeremy Hunt’s knowledge of the health and care system, he knows he must address two key issues for unpaid carers who are facing the double whammy of an unprecedented rise in the cost of living and a care crisis, ahead of this winter...
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COVID-19 booster vaccinations
Unpaid carers can now book their booster on the National Booking System. Earlier in the summer, Carers UK warmly welcomed the news that unpaid carers will now be included in the autumn vaccine booster programme for COVID-19 as well as the annual flu campaign where they are eligible for a free jab...
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Lesbian, gay and bisexual carers disproportionately impacted by loneliness and financial stress during the pandemic
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual carers were more likely to feel lonely and worried about their finances than their heterosexual peers This group was five times as likely to say they had received reduced support from local charities than heterosexual carers Unpaid carers who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual were more likely to be lonely and worried about their finances during the COVID-19 pandemic, ...
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Carers UK’s responds to the Chancellor’s ‘Mini-budget’
The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, today set out financial measures for the coming months in the Government’s Plan for Growth.  Carers UK is very concerned that the statement did not include any targeted financial support that unpaid carers need, to help them with the cost of living crisis they are facing right now...
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If you are a young person aged 8-13 years old in Cumbria, we would like to hear your views on what it is like to be a young person in Cumbria, the good, the bad and the what you want. Please complete the very short Barnardos survey by following this link: ...
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Hidden Disabilities has teamed up with National Highways to help you and your family when in need on England's roads 
National Highways traffic officers are ready to support you and your passengers if you are involved in an incident in your car on England's motorways and A roads...
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We (Cumbria County Council) need your views in the annual SEND surveys for parent carers, children and young people
As you may know from our last newsletter, the SEND Partnership is inviting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families to complete the annual surveys about their experiences...
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Care Quality Commission - Tell us about your care
As part of our 'Tell Us' partnership with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Carers UK is encouraging carers to feedback to the CQC on their recent experiences of using care services as doing so helps improve care quality for everyone...
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Council adopted ‘restrictive and wrong interpretation’ of Care Act in cutting brothers’ care, finds court
Suffolk wrongly concluded that mother could meet all of her sons' eligible needs, in removing funding for family holidays, says judge A council wrongly stopped funding family holidays for two disabled brothers by adopting a “restrictive and wrong” intepretation of the Care Act 2014...
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Government seeks overseas care staff to fill mounting shortages
Taskforce launched to boost international recruitment in advance of 'challenging winter' by Mithran Samuel on August 8, 2022 in ...
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The final report is now available to read here: Carer Support Cumbria Rapid Research Covid ...
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Can my mother avoid using her home to fund care costs?
My mother is 82 and her health is failing. I think she will end up in a residential care home. She is concerned all of her money will be spent on care. Her home is worth £400,000; she has £50,000 in a savings account...
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Carers UK welcomes unpaid carers’ inclusion in autumn COVID-19 vaccine booster programme
Carers UK warmly welcomed the news that unpaid carers will now be included in the autumn vaccine booster programme for COVID-19 as well as the annual flu campaign where they are eligible for a free jab...
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Cumbria’s SEND Annual Surveys
Cumbria’s SEND Annual Surveys launched on 18 July and will close in September 2022. The questionnaire has been developed in co-production with parents and carers. There are 3 live surveys, please click on the appropriate one and complete: 1...
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State of Caring survey 2022
We are delighted to launch our State of Caring 2022 survey this week, and we would be really grateful for your help in encouraging carers to take part. All the information we get from carers helps us to build a picture of what caring is like at the moment and we are keen to hear from as many different carers as possible...
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Unpaid carers gain new rights as Health and Care Act 2022 introduced
05 July 2022 Unpaid carers gain new rights as Health and Care Act 2022 introduced Carers UK highlights new rights for carers on the 74th anniversary of the NHS New NHS Integrated Care Boards are now in force across England (since 1 July) and carry new duties making them responsible for involving carers and those they care for in decision-making...
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Support with living costs - Carer UK
If you are struggling to make ends meet at the moment, it’s important to know that there is help available. On this page, you can find lots of suggestions to help you manage your finances and get support during these challenging times of rising living costs...
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MS Society - Keeping Active Info Event
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Carer's Leave - Wendy Chamberlain MP's Private Members Bill
We have exciting news that Wendy Chamberlain, the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for North East Fife, has decided to take Carer’s Leave as her Private Member’s Bill...
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Do you support a family member living at home with dementia?
Yes? Please tell us about your experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic by answering our survey (30 – 45 minutes). All replies will be anonymous and completely confidential To get involved:  Please go to ...
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How you can get involved this Carers Week
Carers Week (6-12 June) is here, and as unpaid carers continue to face huge challenges it's more important than ever that we come together to raise awareness of caring...
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All Age Carer - Young Carer Online Questionnaire
Cumbria County Councils Childrens Social Care, Strategic Commissioning Team have launched an online survey to understand the views and needs of Unpaid Carers...
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All Age Carer - Adult and Parent Carer Online Questionnaire
Cumbria County Councils Adult Social Care, Strategic Commissioning Team have launched an online survey to understand the views and needs of Unpaid Carers...
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Carers Week 2022: support our campaign calling for a Recovery and Respite Plan for unpaid carers!
This Carers Week, Carers UK and the six other charities involved this year are calling for the UK Government to publish a Recovery and Respite Plan for unpaid carers...
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Support worker hands over the baton after 15 years of service in Eden
A long-serving worker is bidding farewell after 15 years of service at a charity. Carer Support Eden, supported by Carer Support Cumbria – a charity that helps carers through assessments, support plans, health and wellbeing support, social activities and associated personalised support services, is saying goodbye to Wendy Rheam...
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Carers UK reacts to new interim advice from the JCVI about COVID-19 booster vaccinations in Autumn 2022
Commenting on the new interim advice from the JCVI, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK said: “Yet again we are raising the fact that millions of unpaid carers looking after disabled, older or ill relatives and friends are being left out of announcements about the vaccination programme even though they do the same job as frontline health and care staff but care unpaid...
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Carers Week 2022 - 'Make Caring Visible, Valued and Supported'
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support...
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Over 930,000 unpaid carers will see a real terms cut in benefits - Carers UK response to benefits upratings
Over 930,000 unpaid carers will see a real terms cut in benefits - Carers UK response to benefits upratings1 On Monday 11 April 2022, state benefits are being uprated to the new 2022/23 levels but are leaving unpaid carers’ benefits far behind the rate of living costs, meaning a real terms cut in income...
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Success! Health and Care Bill - carers' rights protected at hospital discharge
We are delighted to share good news with you all regarding our Health and Care Bill campaign! On 30 March, we welcomed an amendment to the Health and Care Bill which was passed in the Commons having been brought forward by the Government...
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Carers UK comment on changes to eligibility for free Lateral Flow Tests
Commenting on the Government’s next steps for living with COVID-19, including eligibility for access to free COVID testing, as set out    in a written ministerial statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK said: “Carers UK is deeply disappointed that tests will not be made free of charge to unpaid carers whether they are symptomatic or not...
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Dying patients living longer than expected lose NHS funds
More than 1,300 patients a year are having NHS funding for their palliative care withdrawn after living longer than expected, BBC analysis shows. Terminally-ill or rapidly-declining patients are given fast-track support, allowing them to live outside hospital...
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Financial pressure on unpaid carers unsustainable
“I am anxious & scared of what our living costs will be in the coming months. I’m unable to sleep and worried about surviving” (an unpaid carer, February 2022). Just under half (45%) of unpaid carers are currently unable to manage their monthly expenses, the latest research by Carers UK has revealed...
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Carers UK welcomes Peers successfully protecting carers’ rights in Health and Care Bill
Carers UK strongly welcomed the fact that Peers have today successfully won an amendment against the Government’s attempt to revoke the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc) Act 2003 in the Health and Care Bill during its report stage in the Lords...
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County Council announces testing site closures following government advice
In line with central government policy, Cumbria County Council have announced that all free symptomatic and asymptomatic testing sites for COVID-19 need to close in the county by Thursday 31 March. The in-person and mobile testing sites were set up during the height of the pandemic but following the release of ...
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Update on Health and Care Bill campaign
Carers UK has been campaigning to both safeguard and improve carers’ rights in the passing of the Health and Care Bill.   Committee Stage for the Health and Care Bill in the House of Lords took place in January and February 2022...
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Government launches its 'Living with COVID-19' plan
Earlier this month the Government launched its ‘Living with Covid-19’ plan to lift all restrictions and phase out free tests and carers have been sharing with Carers UK some of their concerns...
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Sustainable future for Alston Medical Practice
A more sustainable future for Alston Medical Practice has been secured. Cumbria Health on Call (CHoC) will be taking over the management responsibilities from Tuesday 1st March 2022...
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Carers UK have launched a new survey on cost of living crisis!
To better understand how carers are managing their finances, and how they anticipate their financial situations changing over the next year, we have launched a new survey to build a picture of the impact of the increases in cost of living on carers and the people they care for...
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Live online learning from Dementia Carers Count
The live online learning webinars from Dementia Carers Count health and care professionals cover a wide range of subjects, from understanding the impact of different types of dementia and strategies that can help, to how to look after yourself as a carer...
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Please encourage unpaid carers to complete NHS England’s GP Patient Survey 2022
Around 2.4 million people, aged 16 and over, who are registered with a GP practice in England will receive an invitation to take part in Europe’s biggest patient experience survey in early January...
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BT move to clarify landline concerns from rural and vulnerable residents
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Our very own Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Munro, talks to BBC Radio Cumbria about making volunteering your new years resolution!
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