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Carers UK responds to latest budget survey from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) carries out a survey each year of the 150 Directors of Adult Social Care in England.The report based on the survey provides data and evidence on the breadth of social care from those who are at the heart of commissioning and delivering it.

Key findings include:

  • £700 million savings planned to adult social care budgets in 2019/20.
    £7.7 billion cumulative savings since 2010.
  • For 2019/20, only 33 per cent of directors of adult social services are fully confident that planned savings of £699 million will be fully met in the year, with 65 per cent directors being partially confident.
  • 39 per cent of Directors of Adult Social Services (DASSs) stated the biggest pressure to adult social care budgets was from working age adults (17 per cent in 2017/18).
  • Only 35 per cent of DASSs are fully confident that budgets will be sufficient to meet all of their statutory duties in 2019/20.
  • Directors are least confident about meeting statutory duties relating to care market sustainability (62 per cent 2019/20, 79 per cent 2020/21), followed by prevention and wellbeing.

New data has been released today by NHS Digital on unpaid carers in England and the impact of caring on their quality of life. The survey of 50,800 adult carers in England reveals a worsening impact on carers' own health and wellbeing and finances with higher levels of sleep deprivation, stress and depression.

Responding to the findings Helen Walker, Chief Executive at Carers UK, said:

‘Living longer and old-age dependency – what does the future hold?’ the new data release from the ONS suggests that as we look at the impact of an ageing population we need to revisit the way we think about our ageing population and its impact on economic dependency.

  • 54% of carers report reduced levels of sport and physical activity because of caring.
Carers UK and Sport England have teamed up to understand how to use sport and physical activity to combat loneliness and boost well-being amongst older carers.

The Department of Health and Social Care has today (Wednesday 12th June 2019) launched its £5 million Carers Innovation Fund to develop innovative approaches to support unpaid carers.

The fund will invest in creative and cost-effective new ways to support unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services; helping to build more carer-friendly communities.

Carers UK is working with Centrica in a bid to help one million carers stay in or return to work by 2020.

New research by the leading carers’ charity Carers UK estimates nearly a quarter of a million NHS workers (247,000) in England are juggling work and caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.

The National Audit Office has today (Friday 26th April 2019) released a report on its investigation into overpayments of Carer's Allowance. This is the main benefit for people caring for more than 35 hours a week.

In his Spring Statement today (Wednesday 13th March 2019) the Chancellor did not make any commitments to the funding of social care.

More than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day

  • 1 in 7 of the UK workforce caring for a loved one
  • 2.6 million have quit their job to care
  • Carers UK calls for better employment rights including five to 10 days paid care leave


Research: More than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day
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New figures from the Office for National Statistics on sandwich carers – those who care for both sick, disabled or older relatives and dependent children - show this group are more likely to report symptoms of mental ill-health, feel less satisfied with life, and struggle financially compared with the general population. 

  • Carers UK delivers a letter from 8,200 carers calling on Amber Rudd to increase Carer’s Allowance in the rest of the UK to match change in Scotland
  • More than 750,000 unpaid carers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are £442 a year worse off compared with carers in Scotland1

Today, NHS England published its Long Term Plan, setting out the NHS’s goals and ambitions for the next decade.

Think-tank Demos has today published its research on unpaid carers, The Carers’ Covenant, which finds that government policy has left too many unpaid carers without the support they need.

  • New research shows that unpaid carers’ finances worsen the longer they’re caring for a loved one
  • Half of people caring for more than 15 years and struggling financially are having to cut back on food or heating
  • UK's leading carers’ charity urges local authorities and employers to provide accessible information on carers’ rights

Department for Work and Pensions minister Justin Tomlinson has today laid a Written Ministerial Statement in the House of Commons on changes to social security benefit and pension up-ratings in April 2019. As part of the Statement the Government also announced it is making a change to the Carer’s Allowance Earnings Rule.

Speaking at the National Children and Adult Social Services Conference (NCASC), the Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage MP announced that funding for the Carers Innovation Fund, communicated earlier this year as part of the Carers Action Plan, will increase from £500,000 to £5million.


 Responding to the announcement Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK said: 

Commenting on Budget 2018, Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK said:

The latest data from NHS Digital on Adult Social Care Spending in England, which includes support for those caring unpaid for adults, was published on the 23rd of October 2018.

Responding to today's report from England's health and care regulator, the Care Quality Commission's on the State of Care in England

Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs said:

New research finds that family and friends are grappling with a range of challenges as they help older and disabled loved ones to stay well-nourished and hydrated.

Helen Walker W 602530 1webCarers UK is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Helen Walker. Helen joins the organisation from the national volunteering charity TimeBank where she has spent ten years as Chief Executive.

Helen will take over as Carers UK’s new Chief Executive on 3rd December 2018. Helen replaces Heléna Herklots CBE, who stepped down after nearly 7 years at Carers UK to become the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. 

The pressure on families and the health and care system is set to rise substantially as new research predicts the number of adults aged 85 and older needing round-the-clock care will almost double to nearly 450,000 in England by 2035, according to a study from researchers at the London School of Economics and the University of Newcastle published in The Lancet Public Health journal.

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