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Young carers need more support

15 March 2023

VoiceAbility back the Carers’ Trust call on government to act now.

15 March is Young Carers Action Day.

The Carers’ Trust have surveyed over 1,100 young and young adult carers and found that:

  • 56% of respondents to Carers Trust survey say the cost-of-living crisis is always or usually hitting them and their family
  • More than half (51%) of those surveyed report caring for between 20 and 49 hours, while also balancing their studies, work and lives outside of caring
  • 40% either never’ or not often’ get help in school, college or university to balance caring and education work

VoiceAbility has signed open letters to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, calling on them to act to ensure young carers can access support. 

This includes extending eligibility for Carer’s Allowance to people in full-time education, improving support within schools, and introducing a right to short breaks from caring.

Read the open letter to the Prime Minister

Read the open letter to the First Minister