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      88 charities form a coalition to campaign on unpaid care

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 14, 2023

      More than 90 organisations, including 88 charities, across the UK have formed a coalition with the aim of ending the financial hardship of unpaid carers.

      The Carer Poverty Coalition will campaign for targeted financial support for millions of unpaid carers, as well as changes so they can combine caregiving with paid employment.

      Led by Carers UK, the coalition said it would like to see the government introduce “a benefits system” for people who provide large amounts of unpaid care.

      The coalition comprises 88 charities including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) and five local organizations including Leeds City Council and the CIC City Health Care Association.

      Their first all-member post-launch meeting will be on February 28, where members will discuss planning and policies, among other things.

      ‘Caregivers deserve better’

      Helen Walker, chief executive of Carers UK, said unpaid carers, whose work “helps hold society together”, are unable to earn a full income while caring for family and friends.

      “As a coalition, we believe that caregivers deserve better,” she said.

      “There is a clear moral as well as an economic case to support unpaid carers to live on a decent income, and to support those who can continue paid work while caring to stay on the job. We hope that the government and policymakers see this too.”

      Abby Jitendra, Senior Policy Adviser at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, added: “It is not correct that 29% of unpaid carers live in poverty, a significantly higher rate than those without care responsibilities, and the gap is widening. enlarging.

      “The act of caring is very valuable to us as a society and to the people we care for, but this is not reflected in our social security system, which should ensure that no one is left without essentials. Caregivers deserve better and as a nation we need to do better, which is why this coalition is so important.”

      Chris James, MNDA’s director of external affairs, said: “Caregivers make great sacrifices to provide care and support for their loved ones; they in turn need support.

      “That’s why the MND Association has joined forces with 90 organizations to call on the government to give carers better financial support and more opportunities to stay in work.”

      The complete list of members is as follows:

      Access social care
      Action for Carers Surrey
      Action for Family Caregivers
      Age UK
      Barnet Care Center
      Being young free caregivers
      caregivers first
      Caregivers in Hertfordshire
      carers leeds
      Lewisham Caretakers
      Westminster Carers Network
      carers Northern Ireland
      Barking and Dagenham Caretakers
      West Lothian Caretakers
      Oxfordshire caretakers
      Carers Plus Yorkshire Ltd
      Caregiver Resources
      carers scotland
      Carers Support Center – Bristol and South Gloucestershire
      Carers Support East Kent
      Carers Support Merton
      Carers support West Sussex
      Trust of caregivers
      Carers Trust Crossroads West Wales
      Carers Trust Mid Yorkshire
      UK carers
      Carers Voice Norfolk and Waveney
      Wakefield and District Caretakers
      carers wales
      caring for caregivers
      caring together
      CIC City Health Care Association
      Civil Service Pensioners Alliance
      Cloverleaf Defense
      Enfield Carers Center
      Essex Carers Support
      Falkirk District Association for Mental Health
      advanced caregivers
      Furness Keepers
      Gaddum Center
      GCMHG – Seacole House
      Greenwich Caregiver Center
      Hartlepool Caretakers
      help and care
      hospice uk
      Independent Age
      Independent Food Aid Network
      Joseph Rowntree Foundation
      Kingston Carers Network
      Leeds Town Hall
      Lewy body society
      London Unemployment Strategies
      Motor Neurone Disease Association
      MS Society
      MSA Trust
      n-compass northwest ltd
      Neath Port Talbot Council
      Newcastle Caretakers
      North Lanarkshire carers together
      North Tyneside Carers Center
      oxfam GB
      Parkinson’s UK
      Princess Royal Trust for carers in Hampshire
      rethinking mental illness
      United Kingdom
      Richmond Caregiver Center
      Sandwell Youth Carers Project
      Sheffield Carers Center
      shine charity
      South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Association
      Spinal Cord Injury Association
      Subco Trust
      Suffolk Family Carers
      Swindon Caregivers Center
      The Anthony Seddon Center
      The care collective
      The Caregiver Center
      The Association of Family and Residents
      Your life
      Union of Commerce, Distribution and Allied Workers
      Warwickshire Young Carers
      We Care Campaign
      Women’s Budget Group
      Worcestershire Carers Association
      York Caregiver Center
      Young lives against cancer


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