88 charities form coalition to campaign on unpaid care

More than 90 organisations, including 88 charities, across the UK have formed a coalition with the aim to end financial hardship among unpaid carers. The Carer Poverty Coalition will campaign for targeted financial support for millions of unpaid carers as well as changes so that they can combine caring with paid employment.

Led by Carers UK, the coalition said it would like the government to introduce “a benefits system” for people who provide huge amounts of unpaid care. The coalition comprises 88 charities including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) and five local organisations such as Leeds City Council and City Health Care Partnership CIC. Its first all-member meeting post-launch will be on 28 February where members will discuss planning and policies among other things. Read more at Civil Society News.