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Refreshing the National Carers Strategy

05 August 2010

The Government has announced its intention to refresh the National Carers Strategy and put together an action plan for the next five years.


Paul Burstow, Minister for Care Services, has said that the vision from the last strategy in 2008 will remain, but that a new action plan will outline the "key activities upon which the Government can focus" to "ensure maximum value for money in the context of the current economic climate."

The last Government launched the National Carers Strategy in 2008, which set out a ten year vision that, by 2018, carers would be respected as expert care partners; able to have a life of their own alongside caring; supported so they are not forced into financial hardship by their caring role and supported to stay mentally and physically well.

Carers UK will be submitting a detailed response to the consultation centred around carers' priorities for the future. Further details of how to respond to the consultation are available here...

Responses must be returned by 20th September, and will help inform the Government's decisions on the funding of all public services in their Comprehensive Spending Review.

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