Coronavirus information and guidance

Carers UK and Carers Trust have issued the following joint statement on 11th March, 2020:

Waiving charging and eligibility rules for emergency social care

We believe that current, often slow assessment of care processes and rigid eligibility criteria must be waived during this period. It is vital that support is provided where and when it is needed, as quickly as possible. Current reablement processes on discharge from hospital may be a good template for delivery of this type of model.

Where there are charges for social care, we believe it is vital that charging rules are waived for emergency social care during this period. It does not make economic or practical sense for a system that is trying to cope with an emergency to apply means-testing and a financial assessment at the point of need. Nor should any bill be sent after the event.

We need to be reassured that if people need social care in an emergency, that it will be free at the point of delivery and Governments need to fund local authorities to be able to do so.

NHS information Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS last updated 13/03/20

Carers Uk info updated 13th March 2020

government information Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support - GOV.UK

Hello all. Carers UK has today issued a statement in response to the Government’s Emergency Coronavirus Bill (see link to our website below):

Wishing you all well


Carers UK have issued some further guidance for carers which is now available on our website. This guidance addresses some of the questions that carers have been asking on the Forum and on social media.

We hope you find this helpful


Carers UK has today issued the following statement in response to the Coronavirus Bill and Emergency Measures.

We will post further statements in this thread when they are made.



Hello all. The Government’s latest ‘Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19’ (published on 21 March) can be found here:

The following web page containts two Carers UK briefings in relation to the Coronavirus and Emergency Measures.


Carers UK has just published an A-Z of changes to benefits, assessments and support as a result of the coronavirus.

We hope you’ll find this helpful.


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Carers UK has today responded to the Government’s announcement on increased Covid-19 testing in social care settings.


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Carers UK reacts to Government’s adult social care plan on coronavirus.

You can read our press statement here:

Best wishes


With thanks to Honey Badger;

This outlines the vulnerable list, who can add to it (surprise, its GP’s) and why it is important to have the letter if you are eligible for it.

Edited: Sorry folks - link should now work!

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In the past couple of days Carers UK has released the following couple of statements on our website.

Carers UK reacts to Scottish Government proposal to increase Carer’s Allowance Supplement

Carers UK welcomes latest expansion of Covid-19 testing

With good wishes


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The Government has announced that, as of Monday 6th July, the 2.2 million people shielding from coronavirus can gather in groups of up to six people outdoors and form a ‘support bubble’ with another household. From Saturday 1st August, the guidance will then be relaxed so clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer be advised to shield.

Carers UK has today responded to the Government’s easing of these restrictions and our full response is available here:

With good wishes


We have recently updated our guidance on how to stay safe during this difficult time, including provided some guidance on face coverings.