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As the Government prepares to respond to a High Court ruling that the benefit cap unfairly discriminates against carers, Carers UK is calling for all carers to be exempt from the cap.

The call comes almost two months after the ruling was passed down and as the House of Lords is about to debate an amendment to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill1, which would exempt those on Carer’s Allowance from the cap.

Today, responding to the Government’s announcement that they are consulting on transferring the budget and responsibility for Attendance Allowance to local government in England and to Wales – which would have serious repercussions for those providing unpaid care in the future – Carers UK expressed its grave concern and alarm.

Today, the High Court has ruled that carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance should be exempt from the benefit cap, following a judicial review challenge to the policy and its impact on carers and the disabled, seriously-ill or older loved ones they support.

Carers UK has warned that today’s Comprehensive Spending Review has failed to do enough for carers.

Half of carers providing substantial care to a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one in the UK may be missing out on vital support*, according to new research by the charity Carers UK. The findings come on Carers Rights Day – a national awareness day organised by the charity to inform the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers of their rights, benefits and the services they are entitled to.

Today, a new report1 from Carers UK and the University of Sheffield reveals that the 6.8 million2 people who provide unpaid care for a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one in the UK save the state £132 billion a year – close to the cost of a second NHS.3  

Carers UK responds to research published today by Macmillan Cancer Support, which suggests that cancer patients are ending up in hospital because their loved ones are not properly trained on vital health tasks.

Today, a Bill to exempt unpaid carers from having to pay hospital car parking charges in England was debated in the House of Commons.

Today, Julie Cooper MP and Carers UK have launched a new campaign, Park the Charges for Carers, as the Labour MP for Burnley proposes new legislation1 to exempt carers eligible for Carer’s Allowance from hospital parking charges in England.2

Today, Carers UK responded to the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual State of Care report. 

Responding to the publication of the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s (HSCIC) Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England 2014-15*, Carers UK warns of the potentially devastating consequences for society if public services don't support carers.

Carers UK warns that society and public services have yet to grasp how challenging and isolating looking after a loved one can be, following publication of the Health and Social Care Informatin Centre's 'Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England, 2014-15'. 

Today, Radio legend Johnnie Walker and wife Tiggy will present an appeal for Carers UK on BBC One at 4.30pm. The appeal comes as Carers UK celebrates 50 years of making life better for carers; providing advice, information and support services for people who care, unpaid, for a disabled, seriously-ill or older loved one.

Responding to the call from the Local Government Association for a fund to provide reductions in council tax to those providing unpaid care in England, Carers UK Chief Executive Heléna Herklots said:

Responding to new figures released today (Monday 10 August) from the DWP, revealing that 95% of carers who are entitled to Carer’s Credit are not claiming it, Carers UK is highlighting the crucial importance of getting the right information and advice out to carers.

The Cabinet Office has today named Carers UK as its Charity of the Year for 2015/16.

Carers UK, a national charity that represents 6.5 million people who are currently looking after a seriously ill, disabled or older loved one, was chosen by employees from a shortlist of three charities and will work over the next year in partnership with the Cabinet Office.

Responding to the Emergency Budget Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

Ahead of next week’s Emergency Budget where cuts of £12bn to welfare spending are expected to be announced, Carers UK has published a new report1 setting out why Carer’s Allowance is a vital lifeline for people caring for disabled or older loved ones. Carers UK is calling for carers’ benefits to be protected and improved. 

In its 50th anniversary year, Carers UK is celebrating the achievements of Emily Holzhausen, its Director of Policy and Public Affairs, who has been awarded an OBE for services to carers in the Queen's birthday honours list for 2015.

Carers UK and Buddi team up to offer discounted personal emergency service.

In a bid to support the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers and the older, disabled or ill loved ones they care for, technology company Buddi has teamed up with Carers UK to offer a huge discount on their 24-hour personal emergency monitoring service that enables people to live more independently for longer.

Responding to this year’s ADASS budget survey Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

As charity Carers UK publishes new research showing the impact of caring on those looking after a disabled, older or seriously-ill loved one, carers call for an urgent increase in support to be a priority for the new Government.

Carers UK Chief Executive Heléna Herklots responds to the General Election 2015.

Older people are struggling through their later years caring for a loved one in increasing numbers according to a new report published today, with figures showing the number of carers aged 85 and over in England has risen by a staggering 128% in ten years to over 87,000. 

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