State of Caring Carers UK State of Caring 2017 Report - Page 9

STATE OF CARING REPORT 2017 Time for a break Since the ground-breaking decision in 1999 to deliver carers’ breaks funding to local authorities, government has continued to identify funding for carers’ breaks which is welcome. Breaks are vital for carers to be able to deal with the physical and emotional strain of providing care and to support them to be able to continue in their roles. However, disappointingly, carers often report not receiving the support they need to take even a short break. A quarter 25 % said they hadn’t had a day off from caring for more than five years Transparency about how much breaks funding is allocated to providing carers’ breaks at a local level and how this is spent remains an issue. We asked carers when they last took a break from caring. Shockingly, many carers report not having a break for years. A quarter of people (25%) said they hadn’t had a day off from caring for more than five years, while 4 out of 10 carers (40%) said they hadn’t had a day off for more than a year. Having more than a day was still rarer, with over half of carers (58%) reporting not having had a weekend off in over a year and as many as 73% not having had a week off for over a year. 4 out of 10 40 % said they hadn’t had a day off from caring for more than a year 09