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Carers UK needs your support to back new bill - Carers UK Forum

Carers UK needs your support to back new bill

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Carers UK has joined forces with Barbara Keeley MP and a cross party group of MPs to work on a new piece of legislation to improve the supply of social care and help identify hidden carers.

Barbara Keeley MP, a long-term advocate for carers, secured a spot in the parliamentary calendar for a ‘Private Member’s Bill’ – a piece of legislation proposed by a backbench MP rather than the Government – and chose to use the opportunity to champion carers.

The bill, the Social Care (Local Sufficiency) and Identification of Carers Bill, aims to;
• revolutionise the way that local authorities plan social care services in their areas for people who by services themselves as well as those who rely on council social care services.
• focus on ensuring the right services are planned and developed to help carers struggling to juggle work and caring for ill or disabled loved ones
• create duties on the NHS, schools, colleges and universities to identify carers and signpost then to support and advice.

Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy at Carers UK said;
“This is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to the lives of carers and disabled people. Every day we hear about carers who’ve been struggling to care for their families, not knowing what support is available to them - new duties on health bodies, schools and other educations institutions to identify carers will enable them to get help earlier.
Barbara Keeley’s Bill could also bring about a revolution in the way councils plan and commission social care services – for the first time looking at whether families have enough access to care, particularly the support they need to juggle work and care.
It is always tough to win Private Member’s Bills and we really need the support of carers, local groups and national partners to help make the case to Government.”

Read the full article from Carers UK here


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