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Role of family goes unacknowledged in Government’s Green Paper statement

16 November 2017

The Government has set out the timeline and process for the publication of its approach to social care funding reform. Responding to the First Secretary’s Statement, Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:

“The enormous contribution of the 6.5 million people that care unpaid across the UK was absent as the Government set out its process for reforms to social care funding today. Carers will feel that their contribution has been ignored.

The vast majority of care and support is provided not in hospitals and care homes but behind closed doors by family and friends. Yet engagement with carers is missing from the communication on plans set out today by the First Secretary.

Any consultation and communication on the future of social care must clearly state the importance of having the views of unpaid carers at its heart and their views need to be acted upon.

The Government’s green paper is due to be published next summer but carers and those they support need action now, and not just on social care. By next summer another 1.2 million of us will have taken on a new caring role and without enough financial and practical support they face a significant financial and health penalty. As well as the costs to the individual, our economy will continue to suffer as more of us are pushed out of work, unable to access the support to juggle work and care for a loved one.

A proper debate about the balance of family and state responsibility for care is needed and in the meantime carers and their families urgently need more support.” 



  • 6.5 million people care unpaid in the UK ( Census 2011)
  • The annual value of unpaid care provided in the UK has been calculated at £132 billion (Carers UK, University of Sheffield, University of Leeds (2015), Valuing Carers 2015 – the rising value of carers’ support
  • Approximately 1.2 million people will take on a new caring role between the 1st of December 2017 and the end of June 2018 (Carers UK based on research published in Carers UK (2015) Need to Know: Transitions in and out of caring: the information challenge)

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