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NEW re­search by Car­ers UK has found that more than two mil­lion of us will start pro­vid­ing care for older,

sick or dis­abled loved ones ev­ery year and many will not have the vi­tal ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion they need.

With an age­ing pop­u­la­tion and peo­ple liv­ing longer with dis­abil­i­ties, car­ing for a loved one is in­creas­ingly a re­al­ity for fam­i­lies.

In fact, as our re­search found, 10.6 mil­lion peo­ple across the UK will take on a car­ing role over the next five years and £1.1bil­lion of Carer’s Al­lowance goes un­claimed each year.

It’s vi­tal that any­one car­ing for a loved one seeks ad­vice to en­sure they are get­ting the ser­vices and support they are en­ti­tled to.

With­out help and as­sis­tance, car­ers can find them­selves fac­ing fi­nan­cial hard­ship, health prob­lems, emo­tional stress and re­la­tion­ship break­down.

They can be pushed to break­ing point, which can have se­ri­ous con­se­quences for in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, em­ploy­ers and the UK econ­omy as a whole.

With new rights in the Care Act com­ing into ef­fect next year, car­ers need to be in­formed about how it will af­fect them.

Car­ers UK has launched a new Car­ers Rights Guide – avail­able at www.car­ersuk.org – which con­tains im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion on how to get support, in­clud­ing de­tails about forth­com­ing changes to car­ers’ rights.

We’re also ready to an­swer ques­tions via our ad­vice line. Read­ers can call 0808 808 7777 be­tween 10am and 4pm Mon­day to Fri­day or email ad­vice@ car­ersuk.org with any spe­cific queries.

HE­LENA HERK­LOTS Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Car­ers UK Great Dover Street, London

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