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Adapted Vehicle Hire News Updates: Carers forced to give up work

There are six million carers in the UK and it is estimated one in five of them have been forced to give up work to care full time.

A recent London School of Economics study calculated that the cost to the Treasury of carers leaving work is £1.3 billion a year. This is due in part to lost tax revenues.

Sometimes leaving work isn’t an option and one in seven working people juggle paid work with caring for a loved one. However, eight in 10 report ill health as a consequence.

A report to the Cabinet Office and Department of Health suggests the UK will soon reach a “tipping point” where the number of older people will be greater than the number of available family members to provide care.

It’s also predicted that within 30 years the number of carers in the UK will have grown by 50 percent to nine million.

Employers for Carers is a support group launched in 2009 that aims to help carers that are in work and has more than 50 member organisations including BT, PwC, Sainsbury’s and British Gas.

Helen Chipchase, disability and carers lead at BT, and a former carer herself, says: “As employers we need to make sure we create an environment where people can continue to contribute while meeting their needs as a carer.”

In other news, an edition of the British Journal of Learning Disabilities has been published with all articles edited and peer reviewed by people with learning disabilities – a world’s first for academia.

I-drive is the new information portal for disabled drivers from Adapted Vehicle Hire. For more on Adapted Vehicle Hire and the services it offers, visit the homepage.