Carers UK have launched their State of Caring survey 2021 and are inviting everyone looking after a family member or friend to take part.
The survey is the UK’s most comprehensive research into the lives and experience of carers and many professionals who work with carers find the results provide a useful evidence base for their work locally.
They want to understand carers’ priorities for the future and what support they need to help recover from the pandemic, and to create a positive legacy for the future.
They will use the evidence to continue to campaign for carers to get better support.
Over the last year, Carers UK’s research and responses to their surveys have helped us to highlight carers’ experiences across the UK to the media. It helped them campaign successfully for better guidance, testing for carers, PPE for unpaid carers, carers’ ‘support bubbles’ and exemptions to allow carers to get a break.
Carers were included in the priority list for the COVID-19 vaccination and they campaigned for specific advice to support juggling work and care. Carers telling them what their priorities are has also helped to focus their work and help decision makers know what matters to carers.
The survey will close on 13 September and they will be releasing a research report in November.
If you have any questions about the research, please get in touch with their policy team by emailing [email protected].