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Ask the Expert: How do we better support the UK’s older carers?

There are almost 1.3 million carers in England and Wales who are aged 65 and over. Figures from Carers UK indicate that the numbers in this age group are increasing more rapidly than the general population of carers.

These individuals often go unidentified and many face challenges including their own health issues, supporting their children or grandchildren as well as a spouse or parent who needs care, and negotiating our complex and stretched system of care and support.

In this installment of our “Ask the Expert” series, held in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), a part of UK Research and Innovation, the SMF convened a panel of experts to discuss how policymakers can meet the challenges faced by older, unpaid carers both now and in the future.

Speakers:

Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister of State for Care
Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK
Professor Sue Yeandle, Professor of Sociology and Director of CIRCLE, University of Sheffield

The SMF’s Ask the Expert series is run in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), a part of UK Research and Innovation.

Follow the series on Twitter:  @SMFthinktank @ESRC #SMFAsk

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