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What is Carers Rights Day? This year’s Carers Rights Day on 25 November will focus on the rights of unpaid carers. This is particularly relevant now because of the huge impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on carers, many of whom have struggled to juggle work and caring responsibilities. Current rights and protections Currently in the UK, there are several statutory rights exercisable by carers,…
Carers UK has today released a new report, Supporting Working Carers in COVID-19: Return and Recovery, based on the findings of a survey completed by Employers for Carers member organisations. Following on from our research last year, the report highlights the challenges that employers have faced and includes examples of how they have been recognising and addressing the specific needs of carers in their workforce.…
One in five unpaid carers are worried they may not cope financially over the next 12 months One in four carers (23%) may not have enough money to cover their monthly expenses Carers spend an estimated £1,370 a year on average on services or equipment for the person they care for Over half of carers 52% feel anxious or stressed about their finances Over one…
Over half of unpaid carers (55%) who use day services have reduced or no access because of COVID-19 Only 13% of carers confident they would get support they need in the next 12 months Six in 10 (62%) worried services will be reduced and nearly half (47%) worried about losing access to voluntary sector services because of funding cuts One in five unpaid carers who…
The Government has set out new proposals to make the right to request flexible working a day one entitlement for every employee in Britain. It will also introduce a day one right to one-week’s unpaid leave for carers balancing a job with caring responsibilities. Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: With our ageing population and people working for longer, millions of people in…