MP Urges Carers to Find Out About Their Rights

Local MP Sarah Newton is encouraging the 10,265 unpaid carers in Truro and Falmouth to find about their rights as part of national Carers Rights Day - a national awareness day organised by the charity to inform the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers of their rights, benefits and the services they are entitled to.

Sarah Newton MP attended an event in the House of Commons to support the campaign, led by Carers UK and supported by Sainsbury’s, which urges people caring for ill or disabled loved ones to find out about the financial and practical support they are entitled to.

Each year 3,360 people take up a caring role in Truro and Falmouth yet Carers UK research shows that 42% of carers miss out on the financial support available. Carer and Sainsbury’s colleague, Helen Brennan, spoke at the event which also celebrated the 50th anniversary of Carers UK, telling MPs about the importance of support in the workplace when juggling work and care. 

There are around 6.5 million unpaid carers across the UK who provide care and support to family, friends and neighbours, saving the country an estimated £132 billion each year-the cost of a second health service. 

Sarah Newton MP said: "Carers make a huge contribution to our society, yet too often go without the support they need because they simply don’t know what support is available. We must all play a role in helping to identify and support people who are looking after ill, frail or disabled loved ones and making sure they get the right information and advice about the support they are entitled to as early as possible. I was pleased to meet Sainsbury’s staff who benefit from carers flexible working arrangements. I hope local employers will enable their staff to combine their caring responsibilities with employment.”

Carers UK Chief Executive Heléna Herklots said:

“Caring will touch all of our lives at some point. Every year, millions of people begin caring for a disabled, older or seriously-ill loved one, yet worryingly carers tell us that it can be really difficult to get the help and advice they need.

We know getting the right information at the right time can make a big difference to carers lives. Carers Rights Day, is about ensuring that carers don’t miss out on the financial, practical and emotional support they are entitled to, as well as recognising carers huge contribution to our society.”

In order to ensure carers are able to get the information and support they need, when they need it, Carers UK is today launching Upfront – the first online guide of its kind to give tailored financial and practical information to those who are new to caring. With support from Sainsbury’s the charity is also publishing its annual Carers Rights Guide Looking After Someone,  which gives up-to-date information on carers’ rights and signposts them to support services. Hundreds of organisations up and down the country will be using the Guide to reach out to carers with a huge variety of events and activity taking place across the UK. 

Notes to editors:

Carers UK

Carers UK is a charity led by carers, for carers - our mission is to make life better for carers.


  • We give expert advice, information and support

  • We connect carers so no-one has to care alone

  • We campaign together for lasting change

  • We innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers


Carers UK’s new online guide to caring, Upfront, can be accessed here:

Carers UK’s Carers Rights Guide can be downloaded from the 20th of November at Four versions of the guide are available for carers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Carers can order a free print copy of the guide by calling Carers UK’s Adviceline on 0808 808 7777 or emailing


Today Sainsbury's has over 1,300 stores, employs 160,000 colleagues and serve 24 million customers a week across the UK


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Due to 1 in 8 people in UK being carers this means that, with 160,000 employees, Sainsbury’s is likely to be employing at least 20,000 carers who are reconciling work and care

Facts about carers:


  • Across the UK there are 6.5 million people caring for a loved one who is older, seriously ill or disabled. This number is set to rise to 9 million by 2037.

  • Full-time carers are twice as likely to be in bad health as non-carers.

  • An estimated 2.3 million people have given up work at some point to care for older or disabled loved ones, and 3 million have cut working hours.

  • Over 1.4 million people care for over 50 hours a week.

  • Carers save the economy an estimated £132 billion per year with the unpaid care they provide, an average of £19,336 per carer. (Carers UK, Valuing Carers 2015)

    Source: Carers UK Facts about Carers (2015),