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Tens of thousands trapped in social care debt

An investigation by GMB, the union for carers, has revealed at least 166,000 people are trapped in debt for their social care. The Freedom of Information requests, submitted to every local authority in Great Britain with responsibility for social care, also show at least 1,178 people have been taken to court by local authorities for social care debts.

Contributor: Sharon Wilde | Published: 5 June 2018

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Greater support still needed for working carers

Four in ten (42%) UK adults believe greater support needs to be offered to working carers in order to help fund a sustainable social care system, according to latest statistics. In addition, 43% of people think that providing more support to informal, or unpaid carers, such as simplifying the Carer’s Allowance process, could help fund a more sustainable social care system.

Contributor: Raman Sankaran | Published: 25 March 2018

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Young Carers in work need better support

Young carers can have roles throughout the workplace, including apprenticeships, traineeships or full time employment. Having supported employed carers for over two decades, RedArc knows that they need very specific help to take account of their mental as well as their physical health.

Contributor: Christine Husbands | Published: 31 January 2018

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Better support needed for three million working carers

With National Carers’ Day on Friday 24 November, now is a good time for employers to take a closer look at ways in which they can best support employees who are also carers, to help them strike a balance between being productive at work and managing their caring responsibilities

Contributor: Laura Davis | Published: 13 December 2017

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The colossal cost of social care by 2020

New analysis by the Local Government Association, published ahead of the Autumn Budget, illustrates the strain being placed on council budgets as a result of the rising demand for adult social care and children’s services. For every £1 of council tax collected by councils in 2019/20, the LGA forecasts that 56p will be spent on caring for the elderly, vulnerable adults and children. This is up from 41p in 2010/11.

Contributor: Cllr Claire Kober | Published: 15 November 2017

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Commons report on Adult Social Care a summary report

The cross party Communities and Local Government Committee has made several significant recommendations on increasing support for families and friends providing unpaid care as part of its report on adult social care. Comment from Responding to the report, Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive at Carers UK.

Contributor: Heléna Herklots | Published: 4 April 2017