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Years-old study into Carer’s Allowance to be published

25/04/2024

Research into how unpaid carers are impacted when they are forced to repay benefit overpayments will be published ‘shortly’, a minister has pledged.

MPs call for Carer’s Allowance review

23/04/2024

MPs have called for a review of Carer’s Allowance as new figures showed rising numbers of benefit overpayments going undetected, The Guardian has reported.

Adult social care receives £20m boost

15/03/2024

The struggling adult social care system is set to benefit from a £20m boost, the Government announced today.

Keep carers in work to save £6bn, Government urged

19/02/2024

The UK economy will lose billions this year because of unpaid carers who are unable to work, a think-tank has warned.

Social care career reforms ‘only scratch the surface’

10/01/2024

The Government today announced new measures to improve the career prospects of social care staff but concerns remain that this ‘may only scratch the surface’.

Barriers to support impacting carers’ mental health

02/11/2023

Unpaid carers are not receiving adequate support from statutory services and their mental health is suffering as a result, Carers UK has found.

Reports of exploitation in care sector surge

23/10/2023

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of workers in the care sector contacting a national helpline for victims of modern slavery, charity reveals.

Social care should be top of manifestos, forum says

28/09/2023

Adult social care reform should be prioritised on the agendas of all political parties, the National Care Forum (NCF) has said.

Brighton settles 10-year equal pay issue

20/09/2023

Brighton and Hove City Council will adjust bank holiday pay for more than 800 staff in response to calls from Unison.

Providers set out ‘pragmatic’ social care plan

19/09/2023

A plan for adult social care with recommendations for the next Government has been put forward by Care England.

Care sector ‘stifling’ the economy, report says

18/09/2023

Properly funded social care would power growth and unlock jobs, according to a report published today.

‘Cinderella’ care sector staff facing poverty

29/08/2023

Most care workers are earning less than the real Living Wage and left ‘struggling to survive’, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned today.

‘Woefully out of date’ mileage rates costing workers thousands

14/07/2023

Public sector staff are being left thousands of pounds out of pocket because ministers have failed to update national mileage rates, according to UNISON.

Care providers accused of breaching minimum wage laws

15/06/2023

Unison has accused care staff employers of effectively breaching minimum wage laws by failing to pay workers when they travel between home visits.

Council chiefs call for pay ‘clarity’

14/06/2023

Local authority leaders have called for ‘clarity’ on pay increases for staff working in non-NHS provided services will be fully funded.

Toolkit to help carers of disabled children launched

09/06/2023

The Government has launched a new toolkit aimed at helping families access funds belonging to disabled young people.

UNISON launches action figures of ‘unsung heroes’

18/05/2023

Public sector union UNISON has launched a range of council worker action figures to celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ working on the frontlines.

Modern slavery concerns in care sector increase

16/05/2023

The number of potential victims of modern slavery in the UK more than doubled last year, with a particularly sharp increase in the care sector, data reveal.

Nearly £19bn of benefits go unclaimed

02/05/2023

The total amount of unclaimed income-related benefits and social tariffs is now £18.7bn a year, a new study has found.

Investing in support for unpaid carers – a win, win

26/04/2023

Oliver Brown, head of product at Imosphere, discusses the importance of capturing the impact of unpaid care.

Parents reluctant to report missing children, report finds

26/04/2023

Low trust and confidence in the Metropolitan police is making some parents and carers reluctant to report children missing, according to the London Assembly.

Care leaders warn social care system ‘run out of road’

26/04/2023

Body representing social services directors has published ‘roadmap’ for fixing care and says there is a consensus on what needs to be done but a lack of will.

Only one in four unpaid carers receive direct council support

14/04/2023

Only 8% of unpaid carers in England approached their local authority for help in 2021 and only a quarter of them received help, health think tank reveals.

Staff propped up care system during pandemic, study finds

13/04/2023

Many care home staff worked overtime without extra pay to prop up the system during the pandemic, according to a new study.

Solving the social care recruitment crisis

20/02/2023

Tinga Umera, managing director of Nexus Care Services, looks at the problem of recruiting and retaining carers.

Drop national care plan, say Scottish councils

05/01/2023

Council leaders in Scotland have called for their Government’s plans for a new national care service to be dropped.

15 minutes not enough for dementia visits, ombudsman rules

05/01/2023

Warrington Council has accepted ombudsman investigation that care workers repeatedly stayed for less than 15 minutes at the home of a patient with dementia.

Unpaid family carers facing ‘dire poverty’

29/11/2022

Unpaid family carers are experiencing unprecedented financial hardship with many now forced to use food banks, new research reveals.

Charity warns of 'perfect storm' for carer breakdown

09/11/2022

The health of unpaid carers and the people they support is deteriorating due to serious difficulties getting the NHS treatment they need, a new survey has revealed.

Kinship carers pushed to ‘brink of despair’

19/10/2022

Council chiefs have called for more help for those who are caring for a relative as a survey reveals that eight in 10 kinship carers are not receiving support.

Homecare workers win mileage payment deal

12/10/2022

Nottingham City Council homecare workers have reached a deal with the council which will see them receive an extra £135 a month for mileage.

13,000 unpaid carers not receiving support

10/10/2022

There has been a drop of 13,000 in the number of unpaid carers receiving support from their council despite the Government pledging more help, think tank says.

Council chiefs warn of winter ‘twindemic’

28/09/2022

Local authority leaders are urging people to get their flu and COVID vaccinations amid fears of a joint influenza and COVID-19 pandemic this winter.

Unpaid carers given free access to leisure centres

26/09/2022

Unpaid carers in Devon are being given free access to leisure centres as part of a local authority-run pilot.

2.6m people have unmet care needs

02/09/2022

Millions of people who are 50 and over are living with some form of unmet need for care in England, a coalition of charities has revealed.

Health secretary considers overseas recruitment drive to hire carers

19/08/2022

The Government is considering launching an overseas recruitment drive to hire thousands of care home workers to support the struggling care sector this winter.

Think tank calls for ‘Nightingale shift’ to solve social care crisis

27/07/2022

A think tank has called for an ‘elevation in the status of care work’ in order to fix the social care workforce crisis.

Staffing crisis causing ‘irreparable damage’ to care sector

30/06/2022

NHS leaders have called for a care worker minimum wage of £10.50 an hour to prevent staff leaving the sector and causing long-term damage to the health system.

Only one third of carers ‘very satisfied’ with support

24/06/2022

Only around one third of carers reported feeling very or extremely satisfied with support and services last year, a new survey has revealed.

Care home owners paid 13 times more than carers

15/06/2022

The pay of executives at equity firms that own care homes is 13 times higher than the wages of the care home workers they employ, new research has revealed.

Inquiry hears of bullying and racism in social care sector

10/06/2022

Lower-paid health and social care workers have experienced bullying, racism and harassment at work, an inquiry by Britain’s equality regulator has heard.

A Service Provider Perspective, Who Cares for the Carers, and the impact of the cost-of-living crisis

31/05/2022

Teresa Jenning explains why carers need increased support to sustain their own health and wellbeing as they carry on trying to fulfil their challenging role.

Over 300,000 people living with undiagnosed dementia

17/05/2022

Improving early diagnosis for the hundreds of thousands of people with dementia could lead to over £3bn in savings through lower carer costs, report says.

Adult social care workforce receives £500m boost

05/04/2022

People working in adult social care in England are set to benefit from a £500m boost that will go towards improving the recruitment and retention of staff.

Over 30% of care jobs pay below living wage

31/03/2022

Workers within the care sector in England are more likely to earn less than the real living wage compared to those in Scotland and Wales, research reveals.

Over 90% of unpaid carers feel ignored by Government

09/02/2022

The vast majority of adult unpaid carers feel ignored by the Government, a new survey has revealed.

More children could care for sick parents under health reforms, charity warns

26/01/2022

More children could end up caring for sick and disabled adults once they are discharged from hospital under the Government's health reforms, a charity has warned.

Unpaid carers being 'pushed into poverty', warns charity

03/11/2021

Providing unpaid care is pushing thousands of families into poverty, with one in five worried they may not cope financially over the next 12 months, a charity has warned.

Union warns of mental health crisis in care sector

15/09/2021

More than two-thirds of care workers (68%) have seen their mental health decline during the pandemic, according to the results of a new survey.

One in ten care workers 'trapped' on Universal Credit

13/09/2021

One in ten care workers are in receipt of in-work benefits, analysis by GMB has revealed.

COVID-19 mortality rates twice as high in insecure jobs, TUC finds

16/04/2021

Mortality rates during the pandemic are twice as high in insecure jobs than in other professions, a TUC analysis has revealed.

One in nine care workers not tested weekly

16/12/2020

A government pledge to test all care home staff every seven days is not being met, according to a survey published today.

Social services directors report unprecedented demand for help

23/11/2020

Directors of adult social services have reported a sharp rise in demand in the wake of the pandemic, according to a new survey.

Unpaid carers 'desperately worried' about further lockdowns, survey reveals

20/10/2020

Unpaid carers are being pushed to 'breaking point' due to reduced services, a charity has warned today.

Carers added to list of occupations hit by migration restrictions

30/09/2020

Senior care workers should be added to a list of occupations which will be able to employ migrants to make up for labour shortages once freedom of movement ends, an advisory committee says.

Informal childcare exempt from local lockdown rules

22/09/2020

Councils have welcomed the announcement that informal childcare and other caring arrangements will be exempt from local lockdown restrictions.

Care workers to receive free PPE over winter

18/09/2020

Care workers and the people receiving adult social care are going to be provided with free PPE, the health and social care secretary has confirmed.

Employers call for more support to keep unpaid carers in work

11/08/2020

Two-thirds of employers have warned that a lack of support for unpaid carers is impacting their workforce, according to new research.

Immigration plans branded an 'embarrassing shambles'

14/07/2020

The Government’s latest plans for post-Brexit immigration rules have been branded an ‘embarrassing shambles’ after they failed to include care workers.

Social care is running out of cash, experts warn

18/06/2020

Social care could run out of money to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis by the end of the summer unless the Government steps in with more cash.

Unpaid carers ‘pushed’ into using food banks

17/06/2020

Unpaid carers are twice as likely as the general public to have relied on a food bank during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to charity.

Union urges Government to tackle Covid-19 pay deductions

15/06/2020

The Government must tackle care worker Covid-19 pay deductions to stop hardship and control virus spread, says Unison.

Older carers ‘forgotten’ by care system says charity

12/06/2020

Older carers have been ‘forgotten’ by authorities despite them bearing the brunt of the pandemic, a charity has warned today.

Unpaid carers face 'burnout' during Covid-19 crisis

24/04/2020

Unpaid carers have warned they are feeling 'overwhelmed' after providing even more care during the coronavirus crisis.

‘Social care needs you’, retired care workers told

26/03/2020

Council chiefs urge retired care workers to return to work in order to boost an over-stretched social care workforce in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

Carers of MS sufferers provide ‘35 hours or more’ of unpaid care a week

25/02/2020

Family members and friends who are providing unpaid care to loved ones with multiple sclerosis are ‘not getting the support they need’, according to new research.

Unpaid young carers work ’25 hours a week’, charity says

18/02/2020

Young carers spend on average 25 hours a week caring for loved ones – the equivalent of over £12,000 a year on a part-time carer’s wage, according to new research.

Two thirds of adults ‘unpaid carers’, study reveals

22/11/2019

Two thirds of UK adults can expect to care unpaid for a loved one in their lifetime, according to research from the universities of Sheffield and Birmingham.

Lincolnshire health visitors to strike amid pay dispute with council

19/11/2019

A number of health visitors in Lincolnshire started a month-long strike yesterday over what they describe as the council’s ‘divide and rule’ policy.

Councils helping fewer unpaid family carers

21/10/2019

Fewer unpaid family carers are receiving support from their local council, new figures have revealed.

Majority of young carers suffer mental health issues, study shows

25/09/2019

A new study has revealed that nearly two thirds of young carers in the UK suffer from mental health problems because of their caring duties.

Carers’ health ‘sacrificed’ to support cash-strapped care system

13/09/2019

A charity has warned that cuts to spending on carers’ breaks are forcing hundreds of thousands of people to sacrifice their own health to prioritise care for loved ones.

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to public health workers, council chiefs say

11/09/2019

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to cover public health workers including health visitors and school nurses, the Local Government Association says.

Council’s housing-with-care scheme saves NHS over £300,000 per year

30/08/2019

Housing-with-care schemes in Southampton are responsible for saving the NHS £330,000 per year, the council says.

New guidance to help councils support unpaid carers

02/08/2019

Health experts have issued guidance on how council staff and other professionals can help support unpaid carers.

Over 40% of emergency hospital admissions ‘avoidable'

25/07/2019

Council chiefs have called for more resources to recruit care home staff after research shows four in 10 hospital admissions from care homes could be avoided.

Over half of unpaid carers ‘unable’ to save for retirement

09/07/2019

Funding cuts are making it increasingly difficult to support unpaid carers, local government leaders have warned.

Carers increasingly ‘depressed’, survey reveals

25/06/2019

Carers are feeling stressed and depressed working in what is an increasingly over-stretched and underfunded care system, a new survey has revealed.

Launch of £5m fund to support unpaid carers

12/06/2019

A new pot of government money will help promote the health and wellbeing of people who look after others, according to minister for care Caroline Dinenage.

Care workers suffer from 6,000 violent attacks

10/06/2019

Care workers suffered more than 6,000 violent attacks resulting in serious injuries during the last five years, shocking new figures have shown.

DWP pursues 80,000 carers for overpaid allowances

26/04/2019

The Government is pursuing thousands of carers for repayment of overpaid care allowances despite not knowing the impact this will have, auditors say.

Carers win right to appeal in £400m sleep-in shift battle

14/02/2019

The Supreme Court has granted carers the right to appeal in the ongoing sleep-in shift legal battle with a the mental health charity Mencap.

Whitehall launches social care recruitment drive

12/02/2019

The Government has launched a new national recruitment campaign to help fill the 110,000 vacancies in the adult social care sector.

One in four ‘sandwich carers’ suffer mental health problems

15/01/2019

Over a quarter of ‘sandwich carers’ report symptoms of mental ill-health and are struggling financially, according to the latest statistics.

Unpaid carers in Wales at ‘breaking point’

06/12/2018

More support is needed for unpaid carers who are being 'pushed to breaking point', local government leaders in Wales have warned.

Councils call for £150m to fund carers’ assessments

20/09/2018

A fifth of carers in England have not received an assessment in the past year, with nearly three-quarters suffering from mental ill health, council leaders have warned today.

Unison appeals against reversal of £400m sleep-in shift ruling

08/08/2018

Unison has lodged an official appeal against the ruling that social care providers will no longer be required to pay £400m in backpay to carers doing sleep-in shifts.

Three quarters of young carers ‘lonely’ during summer, survey reveals

02/08/2018

Over 70% of young carers feel lonely during the summer and lose an entire week of their holiday looking after a loved one, a survey has revealed.

Whistleblower loses ‘unfair dismissal’ case against council

20/07/2018

Cheshire East Council has welcomed an employment tribunal decision which found a ‘whistleblower’ was not dismissed unfairly.

Unpaid family carers ‘propping up’ care system, report reveals

16/07/2018

There are over seven and a half million people in the UK who provide unpaid care for a relative — one million more than in 2005, new study reveals.

Law simplifying safeguarding measures to save councils £200m

03/07/2018

A new law designed to streamline the system which safeguards vulnerable people in care is set to save local authorities an estimated £200m a year.

‘Action plan’ to support unpaid carers launched

06/06/2018

The Government has launched a £500,000 innovation fund as part of a new ‘action plan’ to improve support for unpaid carers.

Carers face benefit ‘cliff-edge’, MPs warn

17/05/2018

MPs have called on the Government to remove the ‘cliff-edge’ in the benefit calculation that could see many carers lose their allowance.

Social care survey reveals a system ‘unfit for purpose’

10/05/2018

A shocking new social care survey, which found a quarter of respondents were unable to maintain basics like washing, dressing, and visiting the toilet, has revealed a system ‘unfit for purpose’.

Sleep-in care crisis threatens 70% of the care sector

08/05/2018

The viability of nearly 70% of the care sector is at risk from the unresolved sleep-in care crisis, a new survey has revealed.

Whitehall extends Universal Credit support to ‘kinship carers’

30/04/2018

The Government has announced it would be extending support under Universal Credit to families looking after children who might otherwise be in the care of the local authority.

Neglect common in care homes due to staff ‘burnout’

22/03/2018

The largest-ever survey of care home staff in England has found that neglectful behaviours are widespread due to staff ‘burnout’.

Manchester to pay care staff living wage

15/03/2018

Manchester City Council has pledged to pay an extra pound to the city’s lowest-paid home care staff in a move to help retain carers.

Campaigners call for reforms to carers’ tax relief

09/03/2018

Tax campaigners are calling for a change to the regulations so that carers are not disadvantaged when supporting adults who self-fund their care.

Carers for disabled adults have ‘no plans for future’, campaigners warn

05/02/2018

Two thirds of councils are ‘unaware’ of how many disabled adults in their area are currently being cared for by family and friends at home, a disabilities campaign group has revealed.

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