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Britain’s invisible army of carers


From 9th - 15th June 2014 is Carers Week 2014. Over 12,000 events are scheduled across the country to raise awareness for Britain’s invisible army of carers.

Working in private client makes you undoubtedly appreciate the work that carers do. We get to see, first hand, the lengths which individuals will go to, when caring for family members and loved ones. We often see that lives often have to change when a family member becomes a carer and often that change goes unappreciated by wider society. Carers Week aims to highlight that work and dedication.

Carers UK estimated that there are presently £6.5m people who act as carers, both as their sole job but often as their second or third job. This represents a staggering 1 in 8 British adults and this figure is estimated to set to rise to 9m by 2037, mainly because of the aging population. Interestingly, 1 in 9 of those employed also have a caring role and more than 2 million people have given up work to care for someone they love, whilst 3 million have reduced their working hours.

“All of us at some point in our lives are either going to be caring for someone or need the help of a carer, so it is in all our interests to get better support in place and to really recognise the huge contribution that carers make to our society” said Ms Herklots, the chief executive of Carers UK.

We at Clarion can provide expert legal advice to assist both carers and those requiring care. We can advise on important protection documents such as Lasting Powers of Attorney for Property and Affairs and for Health and Welfare decisions as well as Deputyships and other applications to the Court of Protection. Being appointed as Deputy or Attorney enables carers to have the legal authority to manage an individual’s financial and property affairs. We also advise on wider issues of mental capacity, including disputes, and planning for the funding of care and support at home or in a care home .

If you would like any more information about the services offered by the private client department please contact a member of the team on 0113 336 3355 or stephanie.parish@clarionsolicitors.com

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