Wednesday 22 November 2017
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Carers missing millions

£840m of Carer’s Allowance goes unclaimed as hundreds of thousands of carers across the UK pay heavy price missing out on Carer’s Allowance for looking after ill or disabled loved ones at home.

Hundreds of thousands of carers across the UK are paying a heavy price as they miss out on Carer’s Allowance for looking after ill or disabled loved ones at home.

Estimates from the charity Carers UK suggest that nearly 300,000 carers are missing out on a total of £840 million worth of Carer’s Allowance each year[1]. This means that carers, who are often isolated, unsupported and unaware of the support they can get, end up cutting back on essentials like food and heating to make ends meet[2].

Imelda Redmond, CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

“Around 2.3 million people become carers every year, and we hear from families who are simply not told about the support that is there for them. Many also don’t see themselves as carers, but as mothers, sons, partners and friends looking after ill or disabled loved-ones. As a result, they miss out on support and end up caring round the clock with out a break, and struggling to pay even basic food and heating bills[3].

Redmond added, “We rely heavily on the support provided by carers, which has been valued at a staggering £87 billion per year. It is crucial that all parts of our society work to identify carers and ensure they get the support they need.”

Carers UK is today (Friday 3 December) holding the tenth annual Carers’ Rights Day, which aims to inform carers everywhere of the financial and other support to which they are legally entitled.

Over 700 community events are also taking place across the UK on Carers Rights Day to provide advice and info to carers wherever they are; including GPs surgeries, supermarkets, libraries, disability groups, job centres and schools as well as employers. Carers UK is also calling on members of the public to tell someone they know who is caring, to find out their entitlements.