Roz Williamson, Director, Carers Wales has during the last few months been busy meeting and setting up meetings with Directors and Deputy Directors of Social Services across all the local authorities in Wales.
Given the current and likely financial constraints placed on local authorities, Carers Wales has been concerned that vital services for carers and those that they look after will be put under increased financial pressure, or that services may be changed or cut.
As an organisation campaigning for carers’ rights, it is important that we continue to engage with those at the very highest level to ensure that the contribution that carers make is properly valued and recognised.
Carers in Wales provide 96% of all community care in Wales with little or no support.
Carers Wales is committed to make sure that those who head up Social Services in Wales are under no illusion that without the support of unpaid family carers, the financial strains on their budgets would be far worse and that it would be a false economy to cut services for carers and those that they look after.
We will continue to work closely with local authorities over the coming months and years to ensure that, caring should always be a choice and that they continue to support carers and keep services for carers high on their agendas.