Policy Press

Unpaid Care Policies in the UK

Rights, Resources and Relationships

By Liz Lloyd

Published

Dec 1, 2024

Page count

178 pages

ISBN

978-1447361305

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Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jun 27, 2023

Page count

178 pages

ISBN

978-1447361299

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jun 27, 2023

Page count

178 pages

ISBN

978-1447361312

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jun 27, 2023

Page count

178 pages

ISBN

978-1447361312

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Unpaid Care Policies in the UK

This book examines policies on unpaid care throughout the UK since the 1990 NHS and Community Care Act. It questions why, after decades of policies and strategies, unpaid care remains in a marginal position in the social care system and in society more broadly, as demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It provides critical analysis of key policies and professional practice over three decades and highlights the continuing challenges faced by people in caring relationships, as well as reflecting on developments in the position of unpaid carers in the system of social care.

By questioning why this crucially important sphere of human life remains under-resourced, it sheds light on the ways in which care is understood and how policy makers and service providers perceive the need for support.

“This seminal text provides a unique historical overview and analysis of unpaid care policies and is essential reading for all those working to address the gap between rhetoric and reality.” Mary Larkin, The Open University

“Lloyd’s career-long commitment to research and scholarship in care and care relationships shines through the pages of this book. It is engaging, thought-provoking and very well researched, and is a book that I will read, re-read and recommend to students, practitioners, researchers and unpaid carers.” Mo Ray, University of Lincoln

Liz Lloyd is Senior Research Fellow in the School for Policy Studies at University of Bristol and at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

1. Introduction and background to unpaid care in the UK

2. Research and knowledge development on unpaid care in the UK

3. Policies to support unpaid carers

4. Policies into practice

5. Analysis of policies in context

6. The political and ethical dimensions of care

7. Conclusions