A person, usually a relative, parent, spouse, partner, child, or friend, who provides regular and substantial voluntary care, often in lieu of a paid care worker, to someone who is disabled, severely ill, frail or has a mental health problem.
We welcome the DWP's efforts to encourage carers to take up the contribution, which provides important protection in later life for those who have been unable to work because of caring for a relative or friend.
Carers are asking the Government for good quality, affordable and reliable health and care services that recognise, value and support them as carers and a well-funded social care system that supports families when they need help.
Research conducted by the Carers Trust, the largest charity for unpaid carers, shows that 26% of young adult carers (YACs) in the UK aged between 14 and 25 have suffered bullying at school specifically because of their role in helping others.
Michele O'Brien, Carers and Partnerships' Manager for Adult Services, part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, says: "Carers spend so much time focusing on someone in their family who is ill or disabled, they often feel they can't afford to be ill so can easily ignore their own health needs.