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1.2 million unpaid carers living in poverty, says report


Across the UK, 1.2 million people who provide unpaid care are poverty-stricken

More than a million carers are in poverty, a new report suggests.

Across the UK, 1.2 million people who provide unpaid care are poverty-stricken, according to the report from the New Policy Institute (NPI).

There are around 5.3 million informal carers around the UK, most of whom provide care for a family member.

The report from the NPI, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that the poverty rate is much higher among working-age adults providing more than 20 hours of care a week.

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Hospital sets up food bank

Mum Kayleigh Emmerson, whose son Connor was born weighing just 1lb 10oz, said she would go hungry in order to pay for her bus fare to hospital

Newcastle Chronicle  A food bank is to be set up at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary Hospital to help parents of premature children facing poverty
Expensive: Parents with babies in neonatal care spend on average £280 a week

Employers of carers or nannies may have to pay pensions

Up to 100,000 people who employ personal carers are being warned that they may now be legally liable to pay them pension contributions.

From 1 June, small businesses employing up to 30 staff will gradually be obliged to offer their staff pensions, under the auto-enrolment programme.

That includes people who only employ one person, such as a carer or a nanny.