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Carers UK respond to Care Bill debate – Changes needed to ensure all carers benefit

17 December 2013

MPs of all parties debating the Care Bill for the first time last night recognised and welcomed the strengthening of rights for adult carers caring for adults in the Bill. They also welcomed joint working between Health and Education Ministers which means young carers will also benefit from these stronger rights to assessment and support through the Children and Families Bill.

Responding to the Commons debate Carers UK Chief Executive, Heléna Herklots, warned that a key group of carers had been excluded:

“It is right to celebrate new rights for carers in the Care Bill but one group of carers has been left out of these new rights – parents caring for disabled children. We are urging the Government to act urgently to use legislation currently before Parliament to include those caring for disabled children in these new rights.

Parents of disabled children already find it extremely difficult to get support and must not be ignored as other carers see their rights enhanced. Failure to include parents of disabled children in strengthened rights to assessment and support would be a regressive step for carers’ rights.”

Carers UK research shows that whilst a third (32%) of all full-time carers go without any practical support this rises to almost half (47%) of carers caring full-time for disabled children under 18.

Also commenting on new figures published by the Care & Support Alliance showing half a million older and disabled people have lost entitlement to care since start of recession, Heléna Herklots said:

“For local services to fulfil the ambition set out for carers in the Bill the Government must ensure that sustainable funding for social care is in place to meet the growing demand for services. Without more investment in social care new rights for carers won’t bring the positive changes carers need – in fact, fewer families will be able to access support with caring as cash-starved services will continue to be cut.”

UK
Press releases

Carers UK respond to Care Bill debate – Changes needed to ensure all carers benefit

17 December 2013

MPs of all parties debating the Care Bill for the first time last night recognised and welcomed the strengthening of rights for adult carers caring for adults in the Bill. They also welcomed joint working between Health and Education Ministers which means young carers will also benefit from these stronger rights to assessment and support through the Children and Families Bill.

Responding to the Commons debate Carers UK Chief Executive, Heléna Herklots, warned that a key group of carers had been excluded:

“It is right to celebrate new rights for carers in the Care Bill but one group of carers has been left out of these new rights – parents caring for disabled children. We are urging the Government to act urgently to use legislation currently before Parliament to include those caring for disabled children in these new rights.

Parents of disabled children already find it extremely difficult to get support and must not be ignored as other carers see their rights enhanced. Failure to include parents of disabled children in strengthened rights to assessment and support would be a regressive step for carers’ rights.”

Carers UK research shows that whilst a third (32%) of all full-time carers go without any practical support this rises to almost half (47%) of carers caring full-time for disabled children under 18.

Also commenting on new figures published by the Care & Support Alliance showing half a million older and disabled people have lost entitlement to care since start of recession, Heléna Herklots said:

“For local services to fulfil the ambition set out for carers in the Bill the Government must ensure that sustainable funding for social care is in place to meet the growing demand for services. Without more investment in social care new rights for carers won’t bring the positive changes carers need – in fact, fewer families will be able to access support with caring as cash-starved services will continue to be cut.”

Carers UK Second Reading Debate Briefing on the Care Bill is available here 

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