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Shocking 97% of eligible carers missing out on state pension boost

Scheme designed to help carers of disabled people build better state pension pots has failed to reach 97% of its target group.

‘Kinship carers’ denied thousands of pounds over two-child cap

Campaigners call for change to rules as people are denied tax credits for their own children after caring for young relatives.

Survey reveals severe lack of support for carers supporting people with Alzheimer’s

65% of UK carers supporting people with Alzheimer's have suffered emotional and mental health problems.

Young Scottish carers to benefit from extra financial support

Package includes £300 grant for young carers aged 16 to 18 who do at least 16 hours of caring a week, but do not qualify for Carer’s Allowance.

8 in 10 unpaid carers feel ‘lonely or socially isolated’, research shows

Charities call on the government to provide more support for unpaid carers, including regular respite breaks from caring.

What you might not know about funding as an unpaid carer

There are a number of ways that care can be funded.

One in four unpaid carers “have not had a day off” in five years, report finds

Unpaid carers in the UK are reaching "breaking point", charity warns.

Charity demands better support for the UK’s 6.5 MILLION unpaid carers

Carers UK calls on all political parties to commit to improving the lives of unpaid carers.

Labour to promise unpaid carers 17% allowance increase

Jeremy Corbyn would fund £10-a-week rise by reversing inheritance tax cut announced by George Osborne in 2015.

Attendance Allowance WILL NOT be devolved to local councils in England

A leading carers' charity has welcomed the Government's decision not to devolve responsibility for Attendance Allowance.

Care home closures set to rise as funding crisis bites

Insolvencies among care home operators are at a record high and likely to continue without government action.

Four out five young carers receive no council support, says study

Children’s commissioner calls for local authorities to help more young people who care for sick, disabled or addicted relatives.

Four in five UK councils struggle to provide older people’s care – survey

More than 6.4 million people aged 65 and over live in areas without enough care to meet demand – especially specialist dementia care, says research.

Social care cuts leaving ‘a trail of destruction’, says union

Vulnerable older people are being denied showers, visits to the toilet, and wheelchairs, report says.

‘Widespread and systematic underfunding of homecare services’

Half a million older people at risk from £513 million UK homecare deficit.

Call for carers to be made exempt from hospital car parking charges

New research reveals that one in three hospital trusts in England have increased car parking charges in the last year.

Social care cuts ‘placing an unacceptable burden on unpaid carers’ – report

Report also says 'older people are paying the price for cuts to social care', with a rising number left without any support at all.

Government ‘Carer’s Strategy’ must deliver improved support for unpaid carers

Carers UK has set out its vision of a society that respects, values and supports carers.

Young carers in Scotland could get extra financial support

Scottish Government has launched a public consultation into the possibility of introducing a new 'Young Carer's Allowance'.

Tory failure to address housing challenges for carers ‘a national health issue’

A leading charity says a lack in credible housing policy from Government to address the care needs of older and disabled people represents a 'national health issue'. Research published by Carers UK reveals how poor housing and care policy is...

Government urged to end ‘national scandal’ of underpaid care workers

Unison is calling on the government to end the 'systematic underpayment' of homecare workers, cheated out of the minimum wage.

Caring in later life significantly harms employment prospects

Age UK and Carers UK call for fresh approach to support those juggling work and unpaid care.




Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".

Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021

Lone-parents, disabled children and ethnic minorities will be among worst-hit, says EHRC.

Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellor

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.