“Unpaid carers can’t win when it comes to work,” says Carers Trust.

Giles Meyer, CEO, Carers Trust, said: 

“What hope is there for England’s five million unpaid carers who are having a hard time juggling work and their caring roles, when the very committee overseeing the Department for Work and Pensions suggests the Department needs to ‘go away and try again’.

“Quite simply – unpaid carers can’t win when it comes to work. They’re not getting the back-up they need from health and social care services to rest assured that their relatives at home are being looked after while they go out to earn a living. It’s an impossible dilemma.

“Can it really be only a couple of months since the government launched the Carers Action Plan? This doesn’t feel like the kind of joined up support unpaid carers so desperately need.

“Carers Trust agrees with the Committee that carers should be given information about local support services who can help carers navigate this difficult system, get help with their health and wellbeing, so they can confidently go to work.”

ENDS

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  1. Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.  www.carers.org  
  2. We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives. With these locally based Network Partners we are able to support carers in their homes through the provision of replacement care, and in the community with information, advice, emotional support, hands on practical help and access to much needed breaks. We offer specialist services for carers of people of all ages and conditions and a range of individually tailored support and group activities. 
  3. Our vision is that unpaid carers count and can access the help they need to live their lives.