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New estimates, calculated by charity Carers UK and the University of Leeds, show the care provided by friends and family members to ill, frail or disabled relatives is now worth a staggering £119 billion every year. The figure has risen by over a third since the 2007 estimate, which stood at £87 billion Carers’ contribution now far outstrips the total cost of the NHS (£98.8…
Carers UK and eight other national partners will be organising Carers Week 2011, to take place during 13-19 June 2011. There will be thousand of events and activities throughout the UK, around the theme The True Face of Carers.

Managing caring at a distance?

Thursday, 14 April 2011
Carers Week 2011 research survey, April 2011 - watch this space! The first ever research survey into the impacts on employers and employees of managing caring at a distance has launched today (14 April 2011). Employers for Carers (www.employersforcarers.org), in association with leading global investment bank, Nomura (www.nomura.com), is conducting the first ever research survey into the impacts on employers and employees of managing caring…
The Government has made the following announcements this month (March 2011) about implementation of the Equality Act and the right to request flexible working: Equality Act: On 17 March the Government confirmed that the public sector Equality Duty will come into force as planned on 5 April 2011, and published a policy review paper proposing new specific duties to support the general duty. Comments on…

Budget 2011 – Plan for Growth

Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The Government’s Plan for Growth, published 23 March 2011, sets out a package of measures to support private sector investment, enterprise and innovation, including within the care sector. Proposals for the care sector include: Taking forward ‘a range of measures to encourage innovation in NHS procurement’ including committing an additional £10 million from the Department of Health over the next two years on Small Business…