Ask the Chancellor to invest in care workers!

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Making sure that care workers are paid a decent wage for the invaluable work they do is a vital cause.

Only this year research from the Resolution Foundation discovered that more than 1 in 10 care workers are being paid below the minimum wage of £6.50 per hour.

This is hardly a reflection of the incredible and essential work that they do. They deserve much, much better.

That is why Carers Trust welcomed the announcement made by the Chancellor in his recent budget that, as of April 2016, all care workers will be paid a new compulsory Living Wage of £7.20 per hour. Continue reading

October 2, 2015 Posted by | Funding, Social Care | Leave a comment

Getting the message to MPs

Over the next two weeks, representatives from Carers Trust will be heading to the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences to meet with MPs and tell them what they can do to support carers.

But it won’t be just us putting the case to politicians. You’ll be there with us too.

Because, in the last month we’ve been asking Carers Trust supporters to send us a message that we can pass on to politicians. Continue reading

September 25, 2015 Posted by | Conservatives, Labour, Party Conferences | 1 Comment

Councils charging for support puts carers’ wellbeing at risk

From time to time, every carer needs support to help them look after the person they are caring for.

Sometimes that will mean getting equipment installed in their home so that they can meet the needs of the person they support. Other times it might mean calling in home help so that they can keep up with their housework.

The importance of these services cannot be overstated. They mean that carers can provide the best support possible to their friend or family member whilst maintaining their own health. Continue reading

September 16, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments

Government: this November, support unpaid carers

Last week the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the CQC, Andrea Sutcliffe, laid bare the impact that the government’s £4.6bn cut to social care is having on care workers.

She warned that workers are being put under immense “stress and strain”, no longer able to provide the quality support that they aspire to.

Sadly Andrea’s words have only added to a growing pile of evidence demonstrating that cuts to social care investment are pulling the ground from under the feet of our social care providers: a King’s Fund report recently found that in the last five years, the number of people able to access social care services has fallen by 25%. Continue reading

August 11, 2015 Posted by | Social Care | 2 Comments

Mapping support for young adult carers

People across the country have told their council that the identification of young adult carers is an important local issue. Hundreds of people have got involved in the Carers Trust On the Map e-action. Local citizens are contacting their council. This has got a great response from councils so that we can start to map what is happening across the UK to identify and support young adult carers. Continue reading

August 11, 2015 Posted by | Young adult carers | Leave a comment

Dads care too

Search for images of ‘unpaid carer’ on any online search engine and you are met largely with photos of female carers — daughters caring for elderly parents, wives and partners caring for disabled spouses and mothers supporting their children. This is hardly surprising, caring is often seen as a ‘female’ issue.

It is a common misconception that women are the main providers of care and that men tend only to take on a peripheral caring role. But evidence shows otherwise. Men very often take on caring roles and, in fact, according to the 2011 Census over 40% of carers are male. Many of these are dads who are solely responsible for providing care for their child or children. Commonly these fathers also care for another family member or friend. Continue reading

August 6, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Retirement on hold

Barely a week goes by without a news item, TV programme or report being released about how we are all living longer, and how an increasing number of people will need some level of care and support from relatives and friends as well as the state. What we don’t often hear about is the growing numbers of elderly people who have a significant caring role. Older carers are very often caring for a spouse with dementia or adult children with a learning disability or mental health condition. According to the last national Census there are 764,001 carers over the age of 70. Continue reading

August 4, 2015 Posted by | Dementia, Older carers | Leave a comment

The Carers (Scotland) Bill

In March this year, the Scottish Government introduced the Carers (Scotland) Bill. It’s been a long time coming – first announced in Autumn 2013, an extensive public consultation took place to look at what was required from a Bill for carers and how it would interact with other pieces of Scottish legislation. And of course, this was all done with one eye on the Care Act – seeing what was happening elsewhere in the UK, what we could learn from the process of the development of the Care Act and what carers wanted to do differently in Scotland. Continue reading

July 21, 2015 Posted by | Scotland | | Leave a comment

Carers are still not getting the financial backing they need and deserve

Whenever Carers Trust meets with politicians there’s one clear message that we always try to communicate: by investing in carers you’re investing in the wellbeing of society.

7 million unpaid carers across the UK are looking after friends and family – people who would otherwise be dependent on the NHS or social care for help or, worse, have to go without support altogether. Continue reading

July 16, 2015 Posted by | Benefits, Funding | | 5 Comments

Better Care for Carers – just a concept?

I’ve yet to come across anyone who would disagree with the concept of joining up health and social care. Who would? No one would want to experience being passed from pillar to post, navigating a complex health and social care system, dealing with department after department, repeating themselves time after time, all under a siege silo mentality. Clearly it would be bad for service users, carers and those who work across health and social care, wouldn’t it? Sadly though, joined up health and social care has long just been a concept. Continue reading

June 25, 2015 Posted by | Funding, Health | | 2 Comments


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