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07 June 2016

Department of Health issues survey to understand the work of unpaid carers

The Department of Health has begun a consultation into the work done by unpaid carers.

Do you care for someone with epilepsy? You may look after a child or partner with epilepsy, which means you are their carer.

Alistair Burt, Minister of State for Communities and Social Care and lead Minister for carers across Government has launched an online survey aimed at helping the government to understand the vital role that unpaid carers play in the community.

Informal carers (also called unpaid carers) are people who look after family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or care needs related to old age. This does not include any activities as part of paid employment.

The survey questions are themed around the nature of the respondent’s work as a carer, and the effect of their work on their outside lives.  The survey explores the support carers have received and whether they feel valued, as well as identifying ways in which their work could be recognised.

The survey takes 30-45 minutes to complete and closes on 30 June.

Take the survey.

You may be interested to read more on Epilepsy Society's page for carers


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