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Two people accused of murdering a woman in their care more than 18 years ago were not fit enough to look after her, a court has been told. Jean McSherry had been engaged to marry the father of Margaret Fleming before he died from cancer in October 1995. The witness…
More than 75,000 carers have received extra cash after the Scottish Government increased their benefit payment. Holyrood ministers are upping the amount given out in the Carer’s Allowance by 13%. While the increase is the equivalent of an extra £8.50 a week for recipients, people will get two lump sum…
More needs to be done to help the UK's seven million carers and improve the current system that waits for them to ask for help, which is usually when they are already "on the brink of a crisis", a report has warned. Healthwatch said its findings paint a "stark picture"…
Millions of unpaid carers are putting their own health at risk to look after loved ones, council leaders have warned. The Local Government Association (LGA) and charity Carers UK said many of the 5.7 million people looking after family or friends in England were unable to take a break from…
Ministers should consider introducing a national recommended allowance for kinship and foster carers, a review has found. The recommendation is one of 12 made in a report by the National Care Allowances Review Group. The Scottish Government set up the group to carry out of a review of allowances paid.…
A technique that helps people with dementia see satisfying progress in achieving everyday goals that help them live their lives is now being rolled out. The University of Exeter is leading a programme to train carers in goal-orientated cognitive rehabilitation. It entails practitioners working with people with dementia and their…
Poor mental wellbeing among the family carers of terminally-ill cancer patients represents a "substantial public health problem", researchers have warned. More than eight in 10 (83%) of those caring for a relative dying from cancer report clinically significant psychological distress, according to a study published in journal Palliative Medicine, compared…
Care workers must be prioritised under new migration rules to stop a post-Brexit shortfall in provision that would leave women quitting work to look after elderly relatives, according to a leaked government report. In the "worst case scenario" where European Union migrants were stopped from coming to the UK, there…
Carers accused of murdering a missing woman claim she is still alive, a court has heard. Margaret Fleming (pictured) was reported missing in October 2016 from her home in Inverkip, Inverclyde, but has allegedly not been seen since December 1999. Edward Cairney, 76, and Avril Jones, 58, are due to…
A charity is calling for greater access to respite support after it emerged that 72% of Britain's 700,000 young carers feel lonely and isolated during the summer holidays. Research by the Action for Children and Carers Trust found that 47% of those under 18 acting as carers spend more than…
MPs have hit out at the Government for "barely paying lip service" to the needs of millions of carers after ministers rejected calls for stronger support to help them stay in employment. Commons Work and Pensions Committee chairman Frank Field accused the Government of giving a "non-response" to reforms recommended…
More than seven million people in the UK are providing unpaid care for family members, a report has said. Almost 15% of adults now give up their time for free to look after relatives, providing an average of 19.5 hours of care per week, independent think-tank Social Market Foundation said.…
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