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There are now more than 5.8 million unpaid carers in England and Wales needing help!

More than one in 10 providing unpaid care

The number of unpaid carers in England and Wales has reached 5.8 million – a rise of 600,000 since 2001, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.

Figures from 2011 show that the largest increase was in unpaid carers working for 50 or more hours a week.

Wales had a higher percentage of people providing unpaid care compared with any English region.

In England, the highest percentages of unpaid carers were in the North West, North East and West Midlands.

The ONS study into unpaid care in England and Wales, 2011 found that more than 12% of the population in Wales provided some level of care in 2011.

Much more needs to be done to meet the growing need for good quality and affordable care.

Church gives cautious welcome to adult care reforms

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 14:42 (GMT)

The social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has welcomed the cap on adult social care costs and the extension of the means-testing threshold.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced in Parliament yesterday that a ‘cost gap’ of £75,000 in care costs would be introduced, with the state stepping in after this point.

The current means-testing threshold for people to be eligible for state-funded social care will be extended from £23,520 to £123,000.

The Silver Road Day centre must be saved for local carers and residents

Former Norwich day centre removed from auction as battle to keep it for the community continues

Richard Wheeler Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A former city day centre has been removed from an auction after campaigners secured extra time to keep it for the community.

The Silver Rooms, in Silver Road, had been given a guide price of £75,000-plus and was due to be available at an auction on Thursday, February 14.

But the Norfolk County Council-owned building has been added to Norwich City Council’s asset of community value list.

This means community groups have until March 15 to express an interest in the site. If a bid is judged to be valid then a further six months will be made available for groups to raise cash – before it then goes to auction.