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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.

Back-pay bill ‘could bankrupt learning disabilities sector’

HMRC’s pursuit of backdated payments for workers providing sleep-in care could cost sector £400m, says Royal Mencap Society.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carers Life Chances Damaged By Inadequate Support, Say Charities

The life chances of many of the UK's 6.5 million unpaid carers is being severely damaged by a lack of support from local authorities and communities.

‘Perfect Storm’ Of Tory Cuts Pushing Unpaid Carers To The Brink

Millions of unpaid carers are “struggling” to gain access to the vital support they need, charity warns.

Wellbeing Of Children In Foster Care Threatened By Government Cuts, Charity Warns

Wellbeing of thousands of children living in foster care threatened by government cuts to local authority funding.

One In Two Welsh Carers ‘Don’t Feel Listened To’

Carers Trust Wales is calling on political parties to listen to the voices of carers, after a survey revealed that around half “don't feel listened to” by politicians.




Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

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".