UK Carers

The Next Government Must Resolve The Crisis That Is Engulfing Social Care, Once And For All

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Abrahams

In the run-up to the General Election we are calling on all of the political parties to finally defy history, put the needs of our 'oldest old' at the heart of their plans for government, and commit to resolving the crisis that is engulfing social care, once and for all.

Giving Employees Time Off To 'Care' Is Right - And Brave

Ben Black | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Black

The serious illness of a family member isn't something you can always plan around. Sometimes you don't get any notice. This unpaid time off will allow individuals the time and space they need to find long term solutions or simply give back to a family member in need.

Who Cares For The Carers?

Mark Prisk | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Mark Prisk

When the Government publishes its plans in adult social care later this year, it is vital it addresses the needs not just of those being cared for, but also of those who willingly but selflessly care for others. Just as they care for their nearest and dearest, we have a duty to care for them.

Ten Reminders Why Dilnot's Cap On Care Costs Won't Solve Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Back in 2010 the coalition government asked Andrew Dilnot to lead a commission on care funding. He duly reported in 2011 with his proposals including a cap on the cost of care. The government - rightly in my opinion - then in 2015 decided not to implement the cap, set at £72,000, and 'postponed' its implementation until 2020.

Autism: Don't Force Me Into Your World Before You've Experienced Mine

Jodie Eaton | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Eaton

Early intervention doesn't have to mean thousands of pounds forked out by the NHS or the LA for access to specialist treatment. It doesn't necessarily mean that the child has to have XYZ therapy to be able to access life, as we know it. Although that would be fabulous wouldn't it!

So You're Supporting An Abuse Survivor

Ben Moore | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Ben Moore

I think it was fifteen years ago when my wife first told me she had been abused as a child. I was 21 and I had no idea what to do.

As An Unpaid Carer For My Disabled Husband, I Fear ‘Just Managing' Is A Cliff Edge From Poverty

Lynn Williams | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK
Lynn Williams

For the sake of the many families I know, I hope that this crucial and heart-breaking report from JRF shocks politicians into action. No government - national or local - can claim the moral or policy high ground. Inaction is not an option - yet for those families struggling with the costs described above, hope is in short supply.

So My Job Doesn't Feel Like A Job Really. It's An Extension Of Me. It Fits Me

Helen McEntire | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Helen McEntire

Time. It's the most important part of my role as a caregiver for older people. I couldn't love my job as much as I do without having enough time to ca...

Under Pressure: New Research Sheds Light On The Relationships Of UK Parents Who Have A Child With A Learning Disability

Dr David Marjoribanks | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Parents
Dr David Marjoribanks

Learning disability is often a little-understood entity, and scarce research has examined the experiences of parents who have a child with a learning disability in terms of their relationships and the pressures they face.

Young Carers Deserve Our Attention And Help

Anne Longfield | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Anne Longfield

We need to offer young carers more across the country. We have long known of the heavy toll being a carer takes on children, something backed up by research published recently to mark Young Carers Awareness Day.

Why Social Care Needs To Be Part Of The New, Modern Industrial Strategy

Helena Herklots | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Helena Herklots

The Government launched its new draft Industrial Strategy this week and, at first sight, it might seem strange to suggest that social care should be part of it. Where does social care fit in a strategy that talks about aerospace, oil and gas, engineering, transport and the like? But both as an industry itself, and as a vital part of the nation's infrastructure, social care should be there.

Should Council Tax Hikes Or National Taxation Fund Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

A new vision has to win popular support. Universality is key to ensuring buy-in from the whole population and to tackling the unpopular and fragmented local variations that currently exist. Universality is also critical to raising the status of care and caring, and the value placed on care.

Wish List - By Katherine Soper

Chris Ball | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Chris Ball

Hot on the heels of Ken Loach's successful film, I Daniel Blake, depicting the ordeals of claimants wrestling with the UK's welfare to work system, co...

Technology, Dementia And Living Well

Beth Britton | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Tech
Beth Britton

tech for good The second reason I'm a fan is the many similarities between my motivation for my work and James' motivation for his. James' mum had younger onset dementia, and he gave up his career to care for her. His experiences with his mum have underpinned everything he's put into creating and now running Unforgettable.

Cash Won't Cure Care

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Britain's social-care system has reached crisis point. The government has just announced plans for a 6% council tax hike to help cover the costs of an...

Knowing Your Rights As A Cancer Carer Can Make All The Difference

Lynda Thomas | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Thomas

At Macmillan, we believe that carers shouldn't lose out for being the unsung heroes and the back-bone of care in our communities, so on this Carer's Rights Day, I'd like to ask cancer carers one question - do you know your rights?

Boosting Medical Morale By Caring For The Carers

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Hannah Barham-Brown

Since qualifying, I have always had one eye to the future, worried about what will happen to my career and my relationships, and how my disability could make a hard career even tougher. While this victory with HEE is not going to improve everything, I now know that I will not struggle alone, isolated from my loved ones, while fighting a body that never learnt the rules. We still have a way to go, but I'm going to savour this win for a long while.

My Mum's Dementia Respite Care Costs The Same As A Flat In Mayfair

Chris King | Posted 06.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chris King

Social care in Britain is not even an afterthought, it is wilfuly ignored. Provision has been cut, cut and cut again since 2010, when the coalition government came to power. The £72,000 lifetime cap on care costs was abandoned last year and nothing but a void of inaction has replaced it. We are in the midst of a crisis that nobody wants to talk about.

Cancer And Caring: The Devastating Effect Caring For A Parent With Cancer - As Well As Children - Can Have On Families Affected By A Cancer Diagnosis

Lynda Thomas | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Thomas

It can be tough being a parent sometimes, but when you're looking after your children while also caring for a parent who has been diagnosed with cancer it can be much harder. As Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, I often meet people in this situation

Can Brexit Make Social Care Great Again?

Marek Sacha | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Marek Sacha

It's a fact that the EU referendum result has divided Britain and caused political chaos and economic turmoil. As a result, the impact of the UK's vote to leave is most likely to have a major impact for the health and social care, especially as the sector is already facing huge operational and financial pressures.

Can Technology Cure the Care Sector?

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Often, at times of crisis, a decision is made to put an old person into a care home. But at a time when the NHS faces mismatch between resources and demand, we must look further afield for a solution to cure Britain's current care crisis - perhaps technology is what will allow us to do more with less.

'Business As Usual' Is Not Good Enough for Carers

Beth Britton | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

That last point, which for many gets to the heart of why the ambitions for the Care Act aren't being realized, is certainly a fair reflection of the current climate. However, for me, finding solutions is as much about creativity as it is requests for more money. Carers do amazing work in their unpaid role, and as a society we need to show the same resolve in finding ways to support them.

Why I Value My Son's Multinational Carers

Suzanne Askham | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Askham

My 20-year-old son has multiple health issues, and learning difficulties. He therefore needs 24/7 care. He lives, term-time, at an outstanding specialist college. He is looked after by a fantastic team of carers, or facilitators, who come from a whole range of different places, including England, South Africa... and, of course, Eastern Europe. Poland is high on that list.

Dad: Picking Up Where We Left Off?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Working out how we all relate to each other as a family is just one more difficulty in the mountain of change that occurs when someone dies. I know that we will get there and I'm really glad we're close enough to work through these things together.

Caring Professions in London Need Priority Status for Police Checks

Sian Berry | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sian Berry

There are not many better bits of news than being offered a job. But for 81,000 people offered jobs working with children and vulnerable people in London, that joy has been lessened as they wait for months for necessary police checks to take place before starting work.