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Northern Ireland's Chief Social Worker, Sean Holland, has today called on carers to get involved in discussions on the reform of Adult Care. His call was made as the Department of Health announced the start of recruitment of family carers to join an Independent Expert Carers Panel as part of…
Informal carers' energy bills are on average £176 higher than other bill payers and almost four in 10 struggle to pay them, a survey suggests. Some 38% of informal carers - those who give regular, ongoing help to another person without payment - have struggled to pay their energy bills…
New Government measures aimed at supporting carers have drawn a mixed response. The two-year action plan includes a scheme to boost employment help for carers, and a £500,000 innovations fund to find fresh methods of support. The MS Society expressed concern at a lack of "any real commitment" to increase…
A carer who fatally knocked down a 100-year-old grandmother in an Asda car park after "accidentally pressing the accelerator" of a van has been spared jail. Cherise Lyons, 57, was driving a paralysed man to buy flowers for a date when the tragedy unfolded outside the supermarket in Shoebury, Essex.…
The carers of a woman who has not been seen for more than 18 years are to stand trial in September accused of her murder. Margaret Fleming was reported missing in October 2016 from her home in Inverkip, Inverclyde, but has not been seen since December 1999. Edward Cairney, 76,…
The Government is being urged by MPs to end the benefits "cliff edge" for carers who also work which can see them lose out if they receive even a small rise in pay. The Commons Work and Pensions Committee said the way the system is operating is contrary to the…
Hospitals should make it easier for carers of dementia patients to stay with their loved one outside of visiting hours, the WI has said. The call from the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) comes after its latest report, which concluded that dementia patients are "suffering unnecessarily" while being cared…
Thousands of carers could be missing out on valuable rights which would help them build a bigger state pension, figures obtained by a mutual insurer suggest. Royal London said a scheme designed to help carers of disabled people build better state pension entitlement has failed to reach many of its…
The former carers of a woman who has not been seen for almost 18 years have made a second appearance in court charged with her abduction and murder. Margaret Fleming, 36, was reported missing in October last year from her home in Main Road, Inverkip, Inverclyde, but police said the…
An illegal immigrant has been jailed for at least 26 years for murdering a "kind and peace-loving" carer in London's Hyde Park after slipping through the hands of authorities at least six times in two years. Homeless Hani Khalaf, 22, survived on the streets of Britain by stealing food and…
More than three-quarters of unpaid carers in Scotland feel lonely or socially isolated, a new survey has found. A total of 83% said they feel that way due to the pressures of caring for loved ones. Carers who report feeling lonely are almost twice as likely to have worse mental…
Four in five unpaid carers feel lonely or isolated, a new poll suggests. A survey of more than 7,000 carers across the UK found that 81% have felt lonely or socially isolated as a result of their caring role, according to a new report from the charity Carers UK. This…
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