Carer's Rights

Carers look after family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability.
The care they provide is unpaid

(Carers UK)


  • Around 6.5 million people in the UK are carers with 3 in 5 people being carers at some point in their lives!
  • The main carer's benefit is £62.10 for a minimum of 35 hours, that's £1.77 an hour!
  • Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer
  • 58% of carers are female and 42% are male
  • 1.4 million people in the UK provide over 50 hours of care per week
  • People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled


Everyone has the right to choose to care. Only exception is parents caring for an under 18.


Any carer, of any age, is entitled to an assessment of their needs if they appear to provide substantial care on a regular basis. You may be a carer living with or away from the person you care for, caring full  time or combining care with paid work – regardless you are still entitled to a carer’s assessment.


Local Authorities must offer a carer an assessment of their needs separate from the person they care for and even if the person being cared for refuses an assessment.


Carers have the right to have their views considered when deciding on the provision of services for a person with community care needs.


Careers have the right to be involved in discussions and to have a choice prior to the discharge of a person from hospital.


Since April 2007 carers have the right to request flexible working arrangements to enable them to manage their caring role.


GP’s must keep a register of carers in their practice and monitor their needs.


It is the duty of Local Authorities to provide up to date information to ALL carers, on ALL services and in a variety of accessible formats.


As part of the assessment, carers can ask for services to enable them to remain in, or return to work or training. This may also include pursuing new leisure activities.


If assessed as eligible for a break, carers can request that this be provided by a direct payment, which they can use for a holiday for the family.


A carer has the right to have time off from their job to sort out emergency care arrangements. Whether the time off is paid or not is at the discretion of the employer. An emergency could be:

  • A disruption or breakdown in care arrangements
  • The death of a dependent
  • If a dependent falls ill or has been assaulted
  • To make longer term arrangements for a dependent


Certain community care services are provided free for up to 6 weeks after discharge from hospital.


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