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Health & Fitness Unpaid carers are saving the state £530m every day during the coronavirus pandemic, research shows

04:05  26 november  2020
04:05  26 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Unpaid carers are saving the state £530m every day in the care they provide for free, research by Carers UK shows.

a close up of a man: The research, released for Carers Rights Day, estimates that the care provided by people looking after older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends during the pandemic stands at £135bn so far (Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire) © Provided by The i The research, released for Carers Rights Day, estimates that the care provided by people looking after older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends during the pandemic stands at £135bn so far (Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

The research, released for Carers Rights Day, estimates that the care provided by people looking after older, disabled and seriously ill relatives and friends during the pandemic stands at £135bn so far, after just eight months. Previous research by the charity found that the vast majority (81 per cent) of carers have been taking on more care since the start of the pandemic and nearly two thirds (63 per cent) are worried about how they will continue to manage over winter.

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Carers UK is calling on the Government to provide additional support for carers over winter and ensure those caring for more than 50 hours a week get access to a funded break. The charity warned that as many crucial face-to-face support services, such as day centres and support groups, remain significantly reduced – or in many cases closed – because of costly infection and control measures, people caring round the clock are going to “break down after months of caring without respite”.

It also wants the Government to increase the income of carers entitled to Carer’s Allowance, currently £67.25 a week, by £20 a week, to match the recent increase to Universal Credit. This would help carers providing 35 hours or more of unpaid care each week manage both the higher costs of caring in the winter and the lack of services available to help them stay in work, the charity said.

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Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: “With every day that this pandemic goes on, unpaid carers are being pushed to the limit providing ever more care for loved ones with fast-diminishing support. They say they feel completely overlooked, overwhelmed, and can’t go on like this.

‘Left out in the cold’

It comes as Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, said social care was “left out in the cold” in the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review. Rishi Sunak said that there would be “access” to £1bn extra for social care, split between adult and children’s social care services, most of which will be raised locally. The supporting documents also make reference to additional resources for the Better Care Fund.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said: “Of course £1bn is welcome, we welcome every penny, but in comparison with the NHS and the challenges that the sector faces, this figure is too little and too late. Unfortunately on previous occasions when the Government gave huge amounts of money to Local Authorities it did not reach the front line so we have grave concerns about the delivery mechanism.”

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