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Carers UK responds to Secretary of State's speech on the future of social care

20 March 2018

Commenting on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care's speech today on the future of adult social care, Emily Holzhausen OBE, Carers UK's Director of Policy and Public Affairs said:

“The majority of care is provided, not by social care services or the NHS, but by families and friends caring unpaid. These unpaid carers are too often pushed to breaking point by the lack of support and the inability of over-stretched health and care services to back them up, so they can live their own lives alongside supporting a loved one.

 

Our care system is in crisis now and needs an urgent injection of funding as well as the longer term reform proposals of a Green Paper.

 

The recognition in this speech of the need for greater support for carers as one of the key principles behind the new reforms is welcome.  As well as taking a broad approach to improving support for carers, the Government must also recognise the competing demand of working longer and seriously consider whether the current levels of unpaid care given by families are sustainable in the future. “

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