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Carers UK welcomes announcement of more funding to develop innovative ways of supporting carers

15 November 2018

Speaking at the National Children and Adult Social Services Conference (NCASC), the Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage MP announced that funding for the Carers Innovation Fund, communicated earlier this year as part of the Carers Action Plan, will increase from £500,000 to £5million.

 

 Responding to the announcement Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK said: 

“We are delighted to hear that the Innovation Fund has been increased substantially and it should provide a welcome boost to the delivery of the Carers Action Plan, improving support for the increasing number of carers in England over the next two years.

“Innovation is vital to getting support right for carers. Changes in technology and insight offer fantastic opportunities for reaching carers with better support, and earlier in their caring journey.

“We know that 91% of carers have missed out on financial and practical support because they don’t identify themselves as a carer, while 8 in 10 carers have felt isolated or lonely as a result of caring. It is therefore vital that this funding is used to develop effective ways of supporting carers that are replicable and sustainable, and we hope it will kick start or scale initiatives which will have greater impact overall for carers.

“Whilst this funding is welcome, it doesn’t change the very urgent funding crisis that faces social care in the short and medium term. Today’s announcement is welcome recognition that much greater support for unpaid carers is needed and we are pleased Government has listened to us and others. We need strong and robust measures for carers in the forthcoming NHS Plan and Social Care Green Paper, as well as better employment rights for carers juggling work with caring responsibilities.”

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