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No more talk - action now! Scotland's carers organisations launch manifesto

27 October 2010

Scotland's national carer organisations' campaign for the Scottish Elections 2011 starts today with the launch of Scotland's Carers Manifesto at the Cross Party Group on Carers in the Scottish Parliament.


The manifesto outlines clear demands for the Scottish Elections in May 2011 and presses political parties to commit to supporting carers effectively and to ensuring that carers have the same rights and opportunities as other citizens including:

Support to assist them in their caring role

A regular break

A life outside caring

Young carers must also have the right to be children and young people first, have the same opportunities and life chances as their peers and to be enabled to reach their full potential.

Scotland's carers organisations also urge political parties to commit to implementing the Carers and Young Carers Strategies and the Carers Rights Charter, to ensuring that funding is realigned to ensure that carers have support and their lives are improved and, that they are not further burdened by policies to shift care from hospitals to the community or by the current financial pressures.

Scotland's national carer organisations are Carers Scotland, Coalition of Carers in Scotland, the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Crossroads Caring Scotland, Shared Care Scotland and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance.

A spokesperson from the Group said:

"Political parties in Scotland all agreed that carers do a valuable job without which many disabled, frail and older people would be unable to remain in their own homes and communities. However, it is time to change warm words, policies and strategies into action that make a real difference to carers' lives.

"This Manifesto sets out what is needed to support carers during the term of the next Parliament. Despite the current financial pressures, supporting carers to prevent a breakdown in their caring role, health and wellbeing makes sense, as it would cost much more to replace they care they provide - at last count some £7.6 billion each year."

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