Moira Fraser
Unpaid friends and family who care for sick or disabled people often get way too little support, often meaning their own health and wellbeing suffers. Moira works with politicians, researchers, civil servants , local authorities and the NHS to find the best solutions for carers and make sure they get the support they needs – both to keep caring, if they want to, but also have a life of their own.

Entries by Moira Fraser

Young Carers Need to Know Their Rights

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 3:30 PM

A fantastic thing happened this year. For the first time, children and young people under 18 in England, who look after a friend or family member, got their rights to assessment and support recognised.

This group of young people - known as young carers - can find themselves with enormous...

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Prevent, Reduce, Delay: Are Councils Meeting Their New Duties to Support Unpaid Carers?

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 12:31 PM


Imagine you're an unpaid carer. You look after a family member. You cook for them, clean their house, do the washing, and look after the finances. Done all that? Now repeat - only for yourself. In between those tasks you go out to...

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Identifying Carers Must be the NHS's Responsibility

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 2:13 PM

Today's NHS five year forward view confirms that unpaid carers, it seems, are emerging from the shadows in terms of recognition, at a policy level at least.

Six years on from the introduction of the carers strategy in England , we are making some progress. At two...

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The Care Bill for Carers - The Job's Not Done

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 2:12 PM

The Care Bill aims to put carers on an equal legal footing to those they care for. This is great news for carers. Now that the stages in Parliament are all but over, we start to look at what this all means in practice. Developing the right regulations is a...

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Nick Clegg's Mental Health Priorities Need to Make Carers Count Too

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 12:02 PM

When someone in your family, or a close friend, has a mental health problem , there an impact on everyone. Seeing someone you care about struggle can be devastating , and often in the face of the stigmatising views and hurtful comments of others and little support from overstretched services....

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5.8 Million Carers - And They Still Need a Break

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 7:00 PM

For the last three years, Carers Trust has been trying to keep track of the £400 million over four years that was given by the Coalition Government to support carers in England. Carers are a good deal taxpayer-wise. They save the state billions every year in care costs that would...

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Want Carers to Have Jobs? Give Them the Same Rights as Parents

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 8:00 PM

To coincide with last week's Carers Week 2012, a summit on carers and employment has brought together the great and the good, pondering what we can do to stop thousands of people looking after disabled, sick or frail family members from dropping out of work.

Government policy on carers...

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Family Carers Aren't Hidden - They're Everywhere

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 8:00 PM

In England, we have a thing called the Carers Strategy, put in place by the government because people who look after their friends and family - unpaid people, doing it because they care about their friend or family member - often don't get any support. We need these people because...

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Unpaid Family and Friends Who Care for Our Disabled and Older People Should Get the Support They Need

(6) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Whether you want to admit it or not, there's a good chance you're going to need someone to help you out a bit in life, especially as you knock on a bit. If you're lucky that might just be with a bit of shopping when you're in your 80s or...

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