Recommendations from Carers UK’s annual State of Caring survey, held between March and May 2018

Carers UK‘s annual State of Caring survey for 2018 has found that almost a million unpaid carers are receiving less support than a year ago, with vital assistance such as respite care and financial help from social services having either been cut or costing more.

The survey also found that two in five of Britons aged 50 to 64 are carers, while two-thirds of carers aged 60 to 94 have long-term health problems or a disability themselves.

A total of 7,397 carers and former carers responded to Carers UK’s annual State of Caring survey between March and May 2018.

The recommendations from the report are:

o Ensure that carers and our families do not suffer financial hardship as a result of caring;

o Deliver a National Health Service that recognises, values and supports carers;

o Put in place enough funding so that older people and people with disabilities are able to access the quality and affordable care they need and that we are able to have a life alongside our caring roles; 

o Give us a break: Provide funding and choice of quality services to enable carers to take the breaks we need; and

o Ensure carers are able to juggle work and care, if we wish to, with support to return to work alongside or after caring.

The full report can be found at this LINK.