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Supporting unpaid carers

Source: Department for Health and Social Care

Updated 8 December 2021

Millions of people across the country play an important role in caring for their friends and family, and we recognise that for some this can be a significant commitment.

We will improve information, advice and support services for people with caring responsibilities, recognising the important role they play and empowering them to achieve the life goals that matter to them.

According to the latest available Census data from 2011, over 5.4 million people of all ages provide unpaid care in England, and we expect the number of people providing unpaid care to have risen since then.

What's changing

Over the next three years we will:

  • Invest up to £25m to work with the sector to kickstart a change in the services provided to support unpaid carers, and their availability across the country.
  • Provide for a duty for Integrated Care Boards to involve unpaid carers when commissioning care services.
  • Introduce a Carer's Leave entitlement of 5 days of unpaid leave per year for eligible employees.

Find out more about the social care reforms


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