Press Releases

Below are the most recent press releases sent out by The Trust. If you'd like to know more about any of the issues concerned, then contact the Press Team.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 12:54
Responding to claims that the Living Wage could harm the care sector, Dr Moira Fraser, director of policy and research for Carers Trust, said:
 
“The UK Homecare Association’s letter echoes  Carers Trust’s own concerns about the future of home care.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:13
As thoughts turn to summer holidays for many of us, new research reveals that less than a third (32%) of the UK’s seven million unpaid carers expect to go on any kind of holiday this year.
 
Over two thirds  (68%) of carers quizzed said they would not be going on holiday this year, half haven’t had a holiday for between one and five years, and a further quarter haven’t been away at all in the last five years.
 
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 13:57
Dr Moira Fraser, Director of Policy and Research for Carers Trust, said: 
 
“Today’s announcement that the proposed cap on care charges has been delayed until 2020 is the right thing to do. Social care is in crisis and this must be addressed before a cap can be introduced. Carers and the people they care for are not getting the support they need from services.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 14:52
Gail Scott-Spicer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, said: 
 
“Carers Trust welcomes the Chancellor’s pledge to protect the vital benefits paid directly to disabled and older people and to carers. However, other aspects of today’s Budget significantly undermined that commitment.
 
“By further reducing the Benefit Cap, the Chancellor is cutting off vital sources of financial support available to a group of carers that help them meet the costs of care whilst paying for their rent, food, and fuel.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 14:24
Responding to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s announcement of a new carers’ strategy, Gail Scott-Spicer, chief executive of Carers Trust, said:
 
“The Secretary of State’s announcement of a new carers’ strategy is a positive step towards showing the government’s commitment to the millions of unpaid carers in England looking after their sick or disabled family and friends.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 00:01
A new fund set up to bring together health and social care and benefit unpaid carers is resulting in huge inconsistency in support, says leading charity Carers Trust.
 
The charity examined 45 of the 151 plans developed by Health and Wellbeing Boards, the bodies charged with implementing the £130 million Better Care Fund, to look at how they plan to use the fund to improve the support they give to carers.
 
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 10:38
Dr Moira Fraser, Director of Policy and Research, Carers Trust responding to the National Audit Office report on Care Act first-phase reform said:
 
“Carers Trust welcomes the NAO’s report, but we still need to know if carers are getting access to assessments and support. Without evidence of what exactly local authorities are doing in implementing the Care Act we cannot assess if carers are feeling the benefits of new rights.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 09:46
Exams can be tough, but for young people juggling their studies with their caring role, life can be even tougher, say charities supporting around half a million young and young adult carers across the UK.
 
Research shows that young adult carers miss an average of 48 school days a year due to their role and that they are four times more likely to drop out of college or university than a young person who isn’t in a caring role. 
 
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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 15:30
The huge variation in the support received by those looking after an older, disabled or seriously-ill loved one is having a damaging impact on the health of carers and their ability to look after the person they care for, according to new research launched today for Carers Week 2015.
 
Two-thirds (65%) of carers say one or more of the services in their local areas is not carer-friendly as it fails to recognise and support them in their caring role.
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 09:37
Every local authority in the UK is being asked what they are doing to find young adult carers and let them know they have a right to information and support.
 
Carers Trust, the largest charity for carers, has written to all 433 local authorities to ask them what they are doing or plan to do to support carers between the ages of 14 and 25 who are providing unpaid care for their sick or disabled family member.
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