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Fewer unpaid carers being supported by local authorities in England

October 23, 2019

NHS Digital has released its 2018-19 data on adult social care spending in England, which includes support for unpaid carers.

The data shows that for the fifth consecutive year, fewer carers in England have been supported by their local authority, with 22% fewer supported or assessed this year compared to five years ago.

Responding to the data Helen Walker, chief executive at Carers UK said the diminishing support for unpaid carers was happening at a time when more and more family members were having to step in to care for loved ones.

“Unpaid carers are propping up our crumbling social care system and being left without vital practical support and much-needed breaks from caring,” said Ms Walker.

“Families desperately need Government to act now to deliver increased long term funding for social care, including more funding for breaks, so they can care without putting their lives on hold.”

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