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Nearly half a million people here in the East Midlands are already looking after their elderly or disabled relatives – Kendall

New figures released today (Friday) by Carers UK show that there are 490,249 carers currently in the East Midlands, with an estimated 160.640 that begin caring annually.

New figures released today (Friday) by Carers UK show that there are 490,249 carers currently in the East Midlands, with an estimated 160.640 that begin caring annually. 

Commenting on the research released on Carers Rights Day Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, said:

“Nearly half a million people here in the East Midlands are already looking after their elderly or disabled relatives, and today’s research shows that over 160,000 more become carers every single day.

“This can often be a real struggle and many carers say they feel pushed to breaking point.

“Too often they don’t come forward for help or get any breaks because they simply don’t know they are entitled to them. Many don’t even see themselves as being a carer – they’re just a son, daughter, husband or wife trying to look after the person they love.

“It’s not right that people who do so much get so little in return. That's why Labour is calling for a new duty on the NHS to identify carers, so they can get the information and support they deserve.”

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