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This briefing paper shows how the undervaluation of paid and unpaid care drives poverty and inequalities across Britain, and it outlines a transformational vision for change.

Every day, millions of people, mostly women, provide essential paid and unpaid care for children and disabled, ill and older people. Yet their huge contribution remains widely unseen, undervalued and underinvested in by governments.

It is time to shift to a feminist caring economy, where all care is recognized and valued as a vital social good and a collective responsibility; unpaid care is reduced and redistributed; paid care is adequately rewarded; and all carers have a powerful voice in decision-making.

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