An exploration of the UK carer world

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A hidden army of six million people – mostly women – are working as unpaid carers for members of their families.

The GMB union yesterday urged employers to make it easier for people to combine work with their caring roles after a study compiled using Government figures showed nearly 40% of carers juggle work – often part-time – and 20 hours of unpaid care-giving each week.  more

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Town hall leaders have thrown their weight behind the Mirror's Caring for Carers campaign.

They say the benefits system is failing Britain's six million carers.

David Rogers, spokesman on social care for the Local Government Association, urged ministers to carry out an immediate review.

He said: "The Government has pledged to end carer poverty by 2018, but that is too late.

"Ministers need to get their skates on now to help Britain's carers.  more

Britain's army of unpaid carers are to get new rights to protect their health and wellbeing under plans being considered by the Government.

More than six million people care for loved ones, friends and neighbours but many fail to get the recognition and support they need, say campaigners.

For the first time, plans to reform the social care system, due to be published next spring, will make carers’ needs a priority.  more

The Mirror is today focusing on carers getting the right support at work. Do you feel able to speak to your boss about the pressures you face combining work and caring. Can you get time off for hospital appointments or deal with a crisis. Lets us know your experiences and what has made a difference.  

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