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PM on carers' benefits

Thursday, 07 May 2009
On 6 May a delegation of MPs met Prime Minister Gordon Brown to urge him to make improvements to carers’ benefits. Carers UK also attended the meeting and presented carers’ concerns directly to the Prime Minister. The meeting came about as a result of a parliamentary question asked by Hywel Francis MP, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Carers. He asked the Prime…

Equality Bill published

Wednesday, 06 May 2009
Carers and the Equality Bill The long awaited Equality Bill was published on Monday 27 April and is expected to come into force by autumn 2010. It is set to replace nine laws with one single Act to make it easier for employers and staff to understand their legal rights and obligations. The Bill covers England and Wales and, with the exception of one clause,…

Equal rights for carers

Wednesday, 01 April 2009
Discrimination against carers to be outlawed in forthcoming Bill The Government has today announced that it intends to ban discrimination against carers by protecting people who are ‘associated with’ someone who is disabled. This will apply in employment and in the provision of goods, facilities and services. The announcement was made in a written statement by the Minister for Women and Equality Rt Hon Harriet…
Carers UK and Lloydspharmacy have signed a new partnership agreement - working together to provide health advice and information to improve carers' health. According to research conducted last year by Carers UK, a staggering 95% of those carers questioned said they regularly cover up or disguise the fact that their health is suffering in order to continue with their caring responsibilities. Worryingly, one-fifth (19%) of these carers said…
Sixty people including carers, health charities and government attended the launch on February 16th of a new online information service for carers, Carers Direct, held at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre on London’s South Bank. David Behan, Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Social Care Partnerships Directorate at the Dept. of Health introduced the launch, which included a live demonstration of Carers Direct by…