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Care Act failing to deliver new rights for carers

04 July 2016

Carers UK welcomes a new review, published today by  the Carers Trust and former care minister Professor Paul Burstow, which indicates that the new rights for carers introduced by the Care Act are far from being realised.

The review echoes the findings of a Carers UK survey of over 6,000 carers*, published earlier this year, where carers reported numerous barriers to getting an assessment of their needs, as well as the assessments in themselves not being fit for purpose.

Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, gave evidence to the review. In response to today’s report, she said:

“The Care Act is a vital piece of legislation, for the first time giving carers the same right to support as the person they care for. Today’s review echoes what carers are telling us – they are still not getting the support they need to provide care without harming their own health or putting their life on hold.
“It also reinforces our own findings that instead of benefitting from coordinated support, carers are more often than not facing barriers to getting an assessment of their needs, as well as finding the assessment itself is not fit for purpose.
“The review further highlighted how many carers are still unaware of their new rights and that more must be done to reach out with advice and support to people that are caring. If the Care Act is to deliver its promise to carers, the Government must ensure that the historic underfunding of social care is reversed and sufficient funding is in place to enable local authorities and health bodies to work together to better identify, inform and support carers making the rights in the Care Act a reality for all.
“Caring is not an issue we can afford to ignore. At a time of political uncertainty, it is vital that the Government’s new Carers’ Strategy remains on track to ensure that caring, and the issues that matter most to carers, are at the heart of national and local Government policies, programmes and legislation.”


* Carers UK, State of Caring 2016 report

Carers UK Digital Resource: Helping local authorities meet duties under the Care Act


There are over 108,000 carers in Surrey and as budgets get tighter we need to work smarter in reaching out to them. Embedding digital as part of service transformation will allow us to provide greater levels of support to more carers - more effectively and more cost effectively.

Critically, the Digital Resource for Carers will help local authorities meet their Care Act duties on information and advice, prevention and wellbeing, and deliver on the NHSE and ADASS Memorandum of Understanding to support carers across health and social care.

We are proud to be offering this resource to carers in our area through joint work with our partners in health and community services.

– John Bangs, Surrey County Council


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