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Carers Rights Day in the UK

7th December 2006

Tomorrow is Carers Rights Day in the UK, when a charity hopes to raise awareness of the rights and entitlements of carers.

The charity Carers UK has produced a new study, which found an astonishing 20,916 people face new caring responsibilities in North Yorkshire each year.

Its report has also highlighted that many of these carers miss out on benefits, practical support and information; since many do not actually recognise themselves as carers for several years.

"If carers do not get the financial and practical support the need, they suffer from a poor quality of life, cutting back on the essentials they need to get by, and paying a heavy price in terms of their own health and wellbeing," said Miss Anne McIntosh, MP for the Vale of York.

"Too many people still do not know what a carer is, yet they save the economy £57 billion each year."

There has been additional support from members of parliament: the chair of the all party parliamentary group on carers, Dr Hywel Francis MP, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in support of Carers Rights Day, to assist in raising awareness of the issue amongst MPs.