Caring Behind Closed Doors

Read about Carers UK's campaign to get the government to implement a New Deal for Carers


Six Month's On Update

Key stats:

  • 4 in 5 unpaid carers (81%) are currently providing more care than before lockdown.
  • More than three quarters (78%) of carers reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased recently.
  • Most carers (64%) have not been able to take any breaks at all in the last six months.
  • More than half (58%) of carers have seen their physical health impacted by caring through the pandemic, while 64% said their mental health has worsened.

Carers UK's #CaringBehindClosedDoors research report has found that the coronavirus crisis is having a profound impact on carers' lives.

Millions of people are providing care unpaid every day. During this national crisis many carers have had to provide more care for their elderly, sick or disabled family or friends.

Unpaid carers are fighting the same battle as care staff and many of our NHS workers: yet they are doing it behind closed doors and with far less recognition.

Carers UK would like your help in asking the Government to take more action to support carers.

Their campaign asks the Government to:

  • Making sure that carers can take breaks and that the return of essential services is prioritised.
  • Providing clear guidance, information, and advice specifically for carers
  • Raising the level of Carer’s Allowance
  • Supporting carers’ to look after their own health and wellbeing, and providing targeted funding for carers mental health support. 
  • Ensuring that carers are better able to juggle work and care and remain in work.
  • Providing sufficient funding for social care over the winter.

Longer term, carers also need to be placed at the heart of a reformed and sustainable social care system that provides more support to both those giving and receiving care.

Join their campaign here:

Find out more

You can read more about the challenges faced by carers during the coronavirus outbreak in Carers UK's report, Caring behind closed doors: six months on (October 2020), here.

Back in April 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they also released their original, Caring behind closed doors (April 2020), which you can read here.

You can find information and advice about caring during the coronavirus outbreak here.

You can help ask for more support for carers.

Take a photo of yourself with the Carers UK placard (or make your own if you don’t have access to a printer) and share on Facebook or Twitter, making sure to use the hashtag #CaringBehindClosedDoors

Download the placard here

Caring Behind Closed Doors Placard

Share your support on Twitter here

Share your support on Facebook or other social media platforms by using this text:

Millions of people are #CaringBehindClosedDoors I'm joining Carers UK's campaign asking the Gov to raise the profile of unpaid carers, raise Carer's Allowance, increase testing & PPE for care workers and unpaid carers and to make care a priority 

You could also tag your MP in the post – you can find their social media details using this website if you don’t know them already.