Carers

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.

Home carers take Christmas vote to strike

22/12/2017

Care home workers in Birmingham have balloted to go on strike in protest at job losses and new shift patterns.

Keeping elderly active could save care sector billions, report says

30/10/2017

Pharmacists and meals on wheels staff could help tackle the UK’s ageing crisis by encouraging elderly people to take exercise, according to campaigners.

The sleep-in care crisis

13/10/2017

William Eichler explores the impact backdated payments for sleep-in shifts could have on the future of social care.

Carers in financial difficulties also feel isolated

03/08/2017

More than a third of carers in financial difficulty also feel socially isolated, according to a new survey.

Penalties for providers who underpaid carers ‘waived’ to minimise disruption

26/07/2017

A huge bill owed by care homes who underpaid their workers for overnight sleep-in shifts has been waived, the Government has announced.

Unpaid carers ‘struggling’ to take a break

11/07/2017

One in four unpaid carers have not had a single day off in five years, shocking survey reveals.

Welsh government tackles zero-hours contracts

13/06/2017

The Welsh government yesterday revealed plans to curb zero-hours contracts and protect care time in the social care sector.

Unpaid carers not ‘sufficiently’ valued, public says

12/06/2017

Unpaid carers are not ‘sufficiently’ valued, the public says as figures reveal unpaid care work is worth an estimated £132bn a year.

Guilt and resentment ‘clouding’ decisions over care provision, research finds

07/06/2017

Nearly half of adults who currently provide care for a family member say a main reason for doing so is guilt, research reveals.

Majority of care recipients have ‘no idea’ how much care costs, survey reveals

01/06/2017

The majority of care recipients admit they have ‘no idea’ how much their care costs and less than a quarter feel they know enough to make an informed decision about care choices.

Three-quarters of young carers forced to skip school to care for a family member

26/01/2017

Young carers are struggling to get the most out of their schoolwork and are at risk of not fulfilling their ambitions, a new survey has warned today.

NHS continuing healthcare system 'fundamentally flawed'

14/11/2016

The NHS continuing healthcare system is ‘fundamentally flawed’ and confusing for those who rely on it, a damning new report has argued.

Some councils still have 'flying care visits', show figures

03/10/2016

Councils have carried out more than a million 15-minute care visits since 2011, new figures have revealed.

Lack of local support for carers ‘piling pressure’ on NHS

30/09/2016

A lack of community services to support carers is ‘piling pressure’ on NHS emergency care, according to a carers charity.

110,000 carers ‘sandwiched’ between two generations of dependents

28/09/2016

More than 100,000 people are looking after a parent with cancer while also taking care of their own children, a new report reveals.

Brexit could cost ‘strained’ care sector 80,000 workers

21/09/2016

Care services for elderly and disabled people could be at risk as Brexit fuels uncertainty about the status of tens of thousands of EU workers.

Home care services at 'breaking point' in Scotland warns union

17/08/2016

Care provided to vulnerable people at home is being affected by cuts and privatisation, according to the findings of a new report by Unison Scotland.

Care provider serves notice on councils over ‘irresponsible’ carer wages

06/07/2016

Two councils have been served notice over their ‘unacceptable’ new hourly rate for carers, by Mears Group.

Care Act perceived to have made ‘no difference’ to carers, report finds

04/07/2016

The majority of carers responding to a recent survey have noticed no difference since the introduction of the Care Act, according to a carers’ charity.

Carers let down by 'inadequate' local services

06/06/2016

Carers are being let down by ‘inadequate’ local services, new research has claimed.

Care Act has failed to protect disabled people and carers, warns charity

02/06/2016

More than half of local authorities in England spent less on services for disabled people and carers last year, despite the Care Act being introduced.

Charity highlights 'hidden army' of older carers

18/05/2016

Campaigners have demanded more state support for older people looking after relatives at home after unveiling evidence that they are saving the nation £5.9bn a year.

Taking the strain off unpaid carers

17/05/2016

Paul Smith calls on local authorities to use the disabled facility grant to support carers as well fund adaptations.

Survey shows Care Act failing to deliver on improvements

09/05/2016

Local authorities have been urged to review the way they support carers, after a new research found many are failing to implement legislation outlined in the Care Act 2014.

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