Equality report puts spotlight on caring

Friday, 01 October 2010

A report published today (11 October 2010) by the Equality and Human Rights Commission highlights the challenges faced by carers.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission Triennial Review highlights the challenges faced by carers in the light of the ageing population as one of the key risks to equality that is likely to increase over the coming years unless we take action to address this.

Comment from Carers UK:

Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK said: "The challenges of our ageing population are huge and, as research shows demand for care is rising swiftly. If we do not tackle these issues we will see more people having to give up work to care for elderly relatives - which will increase inequality and inequity. This makes neither moral nor economic sense. It is vital that we find solutions which fit our new society and agenda. One in six carers currently gives up work to care. Women providing over 50 hours of care per week are less likely than men to be in full time employment and increasing numbers are juggling caring for an older relative with caring for children. Carers providing over 50 hours care per week are twice as likely to suffer ill-health."

She added, "This issue becomes all the more urgent against substantial cuts to local social services and other support services upon which families rely. This report from the EHRC lends a new urgency to the fact that we must tackle this agenda.

Carers UK has called for a new social contract which looks at changing the way that Government, public services and society supports families providing unpaid care: http://www.carersuk.org/Professionals/ResearchLibrary

The Equality and Human Rights Commission report can be found at www.equalityhumanrights.com/key-projects/triennial-review/