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Caring for our future: reforming care and support

Care and support is something that everyone in this country will experience and be part of at some point in their life. Some people have impairments from birth, or develop an impairment or mental health condition during their childhood or working life, and need some help to lead an active and independent life. More than eight out of 10 people aged 65 will need some care and support in their later years. Even if we do not need care ourselves, most of us will know a family member or friend who does. Almost 5 million people in England care for a friend or relative – some for more than 50 hours per week.