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Fears grow over funds for carers

Fears grow over funds for carers

Reporter: Andrew Rudkin
Date online: 16 June 2011

Oldham Carers’ Centre manager Miranda Di Blasio has expressed concern that government funds will not reach those who need it most.

As she welcomed local MPs Michael Meacher and Debbie Abrahams to the Phoenix Centre as part of National Carers’ Week, Miranda was at the same time worried that not enough cash would go towards providing breaks for carers.

The cuts carers are facing will bring greater costs in the long term

The cuts carers are facing will bring greater costs in the long term

Admissions to hospital and residential care will rise as carers are pushed to breaking point by a lack of support

 Tuesday 14 June 2011 12.16 BST

 

An elderly lady is helped to her chair in a care home in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

This week is Carers Week, a week where national charities and local groups are recognising the contribution made by the 6.4 million people in the UK who care, unpaid, for ill, frail or disabled friends or family. However, more than most, carers are facing increasingly difficult times.

A record number of pensioners are caring for elderly relatives

 

Army of ‘grey carers’ who look after elderly relatives grows to record 1.2million

By Gerri Peev

Last updated at 1:38 AM on 11th June 2011

 A record number of pensioners are devoting their retirement to looking after elderly relatives.

The army of ‘grey carers’ has soared to nearly 1.2million, up 15 per cent in a decade, reveal figures from Carers UK and academics.

These over-65s are spending what should be their own golden years looking after parents, relatives or partners who are increasingly living into their 80s and 90s.

Devoted: A record number of pensioners are now spending their retirement looking after elderly parents or other relativesDevoted: A record number of pensioners are now spending their retirement looking after elderly parents or other relatives
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