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Carers UK: Next crucial step for the Carer’s Leave Act 2023
Today, crucial details relating to the Carer’s Leave Act 2023 have been published, after the draft regulations were laid in Parliament on 11 December 2023. This includes the announcement that the Act will come into force on 6 April 2024...
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Carers Right Day 2023
Carers Rights Day is about raising awareness of carers’ rights and entitlements ad to help carers get the support they deserve. Whether you have recently become a carer, realised you have been caring for a while without support or have been caring for someone for many years, it’s important you understand your rights and are able to access the support that is available when you need it...
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THANK YOU to Garfield Weston Foundation Donation
We would like to thank the Garfield Weston Foundation for donating to our ‘Respite for Carers’ project.  Their donation will help to fund our Volunteer services, enabling us to continue to provide respite for unpaid Carers in Carlisle and Eden! Established in 1958, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded grant-maker that gives money to support a wide variety of charities across the UK...
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Carer Poverty Coalition open letter to the Chancellor
Carers UK and Carer Poverty Coalition have joined together to urge the Government to provide more targeted financial support to unpaid carers. In a joint letter, they are calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to provide financial help for unpaid carers who are struggling to continue caring for their disabled, ill or older friend or family members...
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Joint Local Health and Wellbeing Strategy - Westmorland and Furness
Westmorland and Furness’ Health and Wellbeing Board is developing a new Joint Local Health and Wellbeing Strategy. This will describe how partners and organisations across Westmorland and Furness will work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population and reduce inequalities...
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CQC State of Care assessment of health and social care England
The Care Quality Commission has given its initial verdict on council adult social care services under its new local authority assurance system. The CQC flagged up councils’ reports of there being shortages of care in their areas for people with more complex needs...
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Carers UK release second State of Caring Survey 2023 report on Health
The second report, as a result of the State of Caring Survey, has been released and relates to the impact of caring on a person’s health. The report finds that there is a lack of support and recognition from health and care services that is affecting unpaid carers’ mental health...
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Carers UK release first State of Caring Survey 2023 report on Finances
The State of Caring survey is the UK’s most comprehensive regular research into the lives and experiences of unpaid carers. Over 11,000 carers shared their views, and the results will be shared in a series of reports compiled by Carers UK...
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NHS Blog release: Caring for the carer – What’s in it for Integrated Care Systems?
The NHS recently published a blog written by Janice Clark who has been an unpaid carer for over 50 years. In the blog, Janice writes about how she didn’t realise she was an unpaid carer until she talked to social care staff who helped her to understand that the care she was giving to her mum was above and beyond that of being a daughter...
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You are invited to our AGM! Wednesday 8th November 2023!
Carer Support Carlisle & Eden’s Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday 8th November 2023 at 5pm at The Office, Mardale Road, Penrith, CA11 9EH or via Microsoft Teams where preferable...
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Carers Trust: How do we know we are making a difference??
Carers Trust is a national infrastructure charity for unpaid family carers. They operate, and support, a network of over 120 local carer services. And together with those local services, directly support over one million unpaid carers across Britain...
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Carers UK responds to Health Foundation’s adult social care funding analysis
This report demonstrates the scale of the investment needed in social care to provide a decent standard of living for disabled and older people and their families providing unpaid care.  It is deeply worrying that there remains no clarity about what funding will be available for social care beyond the start of 2025, and this must be a priority for policy makers and Government in advance of any general election...
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Carers UK Guide To Supporting Older Carers Who Are Digitally Excluded
Carers UK has published a best practice guide which provides recommendations for organisations on how they can best support older carers who may not be online or have access to internet, by helping them to use technology or providing opportunities to receive support in-person...
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Could you be our new Carer Support Worker in our Penrith office
Are you caring, friendly and a good listener? Do you enjoy meeting people? Do you want to make a difference? Join our small, supportive team helping to improve the lives of unpaid Carers in Carlisle & Eden...
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A consultation on changes to the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) - your views matter
As part of Government’s mission to support more people into work, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a consultation on changes to the Work Capability Assessment, following the landmark Health and Disability White Paper published earlier this year...
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Carer Support West Cumbria are recruiting a CEO!!
They are seeking a dynamic, experienced leader with excellent people, operational and financial management skills to lead the everyday activities of the Carer Support West Cumbria team. As Chief Operating Officer, you will work closely with the Chair and the Board to manage financial, operational, people and business processes, to ensure the smooth running of this energetic and flexible organisation...
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Dementia Carers Count call for a long term Carers strategy
This month, an open letter was sent by Dementia Carers Count to Helen Whately, Minister for Social Care, calling on the Minister to immediately public a long-term carers’ strategy...
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Covid Vaccination for Carers
Persons aged 16 to 64 years who are Carers (as defined by the green book) will be eligible for a COVID vaccination this year. Cohort eligibility The Government has this week accepted final ...
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From two incomes to none: What it really costs to be an unpaid carer
Figures shared exclusively with ITV News reporter Peter Smith show people who go from employment to being unpaid carers are around £10,000 worse off each year For Kirsty Parsons, caring full time for her husband Jim is a full time job minus the pay...
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Looking after someone at home? Talk to us @ Sidekick
Sidekick is a confidential helpline for Young Carers aged 13-18 in the UK. Message us about anything that’s bothering you. What can you help me with? Lots of things! Listen when things feel tough...
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Carers UK responds to Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023, as it receives Royal Assent
Carers UK responds to Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023, as it receives Royal Assent Katherine Wilson, Head of Employment and Specialist Delivery, Carers UK, said: “Following hot on the heels of the Carer’s Leave Act 2023, which will give unpaid carers the right to up to five days of unpaid leave, the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023, will be another gamechanger for working carers...
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More than eight out of ten young carers feel lonely over the summer holidays
For 11-year-old Caiden, a young carer from Pembrokeshire who provides a pivotal role by helping his mum Emma look after his sister Ella, who has neurological disabilities and needs round-the-clock care, summer holidays can be lonely...
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Free kids meals this summer holiday!!
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Carers UK welcomes recognition of unpaid carers in NHS Assembly future vision for NHS at 75
The NHS Assembly published a new paper, The NHS In England at 75: priorities for the future, looking at the future of the NHS ahead of its 75th anniversary later in July...
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Carers UK responds to 2023 ADASS Spring Survey
Commenting on ADASS’ Spring Survey findings, Helen Walker, chief executive of Carers UK, said: “For a number of consecutive years now, ADASS’ spring survey of adult social services directors has shown that unpaid carers are burning out - and this is the main factor in breakdowns of unpaid carer arrangements, which is putting more pressure back on services...
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State of Caring survey 2023 now live
We launched our State of Caring 2023 survey this week, and we would be really grateful for your help in encouraging carers to take part.   State of Caring survey The annual ...
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Carers Week 2023 - new research launched today
I’m writing to you at the start of Carers Week to wish all of you who are running events and activities good luck for Carers Week, and to share our new ...
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Historic day for unpaid carers as Carer’s Leave Bill receives Royal Assent
A Bill that gives employees across Great Britain the right to take unpaid leave from work to care for older, disabled or seriously ill relatives or friends has last night received Royal Assent. The Carer’s Leave Act 2023 will ensure that the estimated two million employees currently juggling paid employment and caring responsibilities will be able to take up to five days of unpaid Carer’s Leave to support their loved ones...
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Carer's Leave Bill passes Third Reading in the House of Lords
We are delighted to let you know that the Carer’s Leave Bill has today successfully passed its Third Reading in the House of Lords, meaning it is now just one step away from receiving Royal Assent and becoming law...
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Unpaid care in England and Wales valued at £445 million per day
Economic value of family members providing care increases by 29% in a decade Fewer unpaid carers overall providing higher hours of care New findings from Carers UK and the University of Sheffield show that unpaid carers in England and Wales contribute a staggering £445 million to the economy in England and Wales every day – that’s £162 billion per year...
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Supporting Carers
Care for a Cuppa Carers UK can help you to connect with other carers and share experiences at our weekly online Care for a Cuppa sessions! Care for a Cuppa takes place on Mondays from 15:00–16:00 or 11:00–12:00 on the first Monday of the month...
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Carers UK backs Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Essentials Guarantee campaign
Carers UK has joined up with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and 90 other charities to call on party leaders to guarantee essentials for low-income households amid rising hardship...
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Carer's Leave Bill passes Committee Stage in the House of Lords
We are delighted to report that Wendy Chamberlain MP's Private Member's Bill, which would introduce a ...
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Carers UK responds to the Family Resource Survey
Today, the Family Resources Survey was published with new insights and data on unpaid care, helping us to better understand the differences and challenges faced by families today.  This release for 2021/22 includes new information which shows that 16% or nearly one in six carers are caring for an adult with disabilities, someone is older and needs support or who is chronically ill, as well as looking after a child...
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Carers UK responds to the Chancellor’s Spring Budget
Today’s Spring Budget was unveiled by The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP. Carers UK is disappointed that unpaid carers have yet again been omitted from receiving targeted financial support...
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Carers UK responds to the Kings Fund: Social Care 360
The number of carers receiving direct support has decreased from 338,000 in 2020/21 to 314,000 in 2021/2- this is the same level as in 2015/16 The number of people provided with respite care delivered to support their carers has fallen by nearly half from 57,000 in 2015/16 to 33,000 in 2021/22 The King’s Fund Social Care 360 report, published today, provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of social care in England...
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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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New coalition to end carer poverty launches
Close to 100 organisations have joined forces to help unpaid carers escape poverty The coalition will campaign for better financial support for carers and changes to enable them to combine paid work with unpaid care...
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Landmark Carer’s Leave Bill passes all stages in the House of Commons
The Carer’s Leave Bill, which could see more than two million working carers get crucial access to one week of unpaid Carer’s Leave, has passed Report Stage and Third Reading in the House of Commons...
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Census 2021 data shows increase in substantial unpaid care in England and Wales
152,000 rise in number of carers providing over 50 hours of care to just over 1.5 million. Over a quarter of a million rise in number of unpaid carers providing 20-49 hours of care. Surprising overall drop in number of carers from 5...
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Do you take four or more prescribed medications?
Bottles, boxes, sachets… it can take time to sort out your medication every day. And your health depends on you getting it right. PillTime is a new kind of NHS pharmacy. We sort your daily medication into handy pouches and deliver them to your door – for free...
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Make yourself a cuppa and join us for an online chat
As a carer it’s important to take a little break and spend some time talking to people who understand what you’re going through, or doing something you enjoy. That's why Carers UK offer a range of online meetups for carers to connect, share experiences and enjoy relaxing activities try: ...
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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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