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50,000 MNetters are carers for loved ones, family & friends - have your say!

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user1472298115 Wed 17-May-17 07:10:51

If roughly 5% UK population are carers (providing unpaid care for loved ones, family & friends) then there are at least 50,000 carers on MN. The most recent UK census suggests 6M-ish carers across UK.

Chances are you or someone you know is a carer, ranging from full-on 24/7 to a couple of hours a week popping round with some shopping. If a couple of hours given does not seem like caring, then imagine what would happen if that contribution was not given.

So, AIBU to ask MN carers to take part in the annual Carers UK survey State of Caring - an opportunity for current & recent carers to share their experience of caring & being a carer. The survey is online, takes about 30 minutes, & closes on Friday 19 April. Your contribution to the survey joins the voice of carers & gives weight to Carers UK's campaigns for a better deal for carers.

Survey here: www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/state-of-caring-survey-2017

Carers UK (news, forum, advice & campaigns): www.carersuk.org

Earlier on MN:www.mumsnet.com/Talk/carers/2931059--Carers-have-your-say-Carers-UK-2017-survey-open-until-19-May

user1472298115 Wed 17-May-17 17:19:37

Boosted for the evening shift grin.

user1472298115 Thu 18-May-17 07:49:44

Thursday morning nudge wink

phoebemac Thu 18-May-17 08:02:25

Thanks for highlighting this flowers - especially given today's announcement about Tory plans for social care, which may mean people rely on friends and family even more in the future as state- funded care is rolled back.

KatherineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 18-May-17 12:54:24

We're just going to move this one over to our Charities Noticeboard. flowers

JigglyTuff Thu 18-May-17 13:10:43

Done!

user1472298115 Sat 20-May-17 17:00:05

...given today's announcement about Tory plans for social care, which may mean people rely on friends and family even more in the future as state- funded care is rolled back.

this....& even more so

The experience of caring for loved one(s) can be emotionally, physically & financially hard enough, with layers of complexity about benefits & charges. I fear the assumption that families should care becoming the norm in the future, & this will be reinforced by narrowly defined benefits & social care, alongside more complex &/or unfair charging structures.

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