08 Nov 2021
by Carole Broughton

Carers UK’s recent research paints a worrying picture for unpaid carers this winter, with services still operating at reduced levels and concerns about the impact of the staffing crisis in social care.

The charity’s State of Caring 2021 report, on a survey of over 8,500 current and former carers, said many services in the UK were already near crisis point before the pandemic, with unpaid carers facing the consequences of local cuts to budgets through reduced support.

The situation has significantly worsened during the pandemic, with many carers forced to take on more hours of care due to having reduced or no access to vital services.

The research found a third of carers have reduced or no access to paid care workers and 55% still have reduced or no access to day services.

Many carers are now also extremely worried about the increasing staffing crisis in social care, which is preventing them from accessing the support they need.

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