Where Is The Care would like to thank Simon Burns for our photo with him at his constituency office in Chelmsford. (see gallery for photos).
Carers make a vital contribution to society and this Government is committed to ensuring that carers have the support they need to continue their invaluable work.
They are central to the Government’s proposals for the future of care in the UK. I firmly believe that the Care Act represents the most significant reform for carers for 60 years, putting people and their carers in control of their care and support.
A major change in the Act is that it gives carers new rights to support that put them on the same footing as the people they care for. Simply put, carers will now be recognised by law in the same way as those they care for.
In the current system, local authorities weren’t required to provide support to carers. The Care Act is changing that. All carers will be entitled to an assessment. If a carer is eligible for support for particular needs, they will have a legal right to receive support for those needs, just like the people they care for.
I realise that high quality, accessible information is also very important for carers to ensure they are clear about what support is available to them. The Care Act sets out that local authorities need to provide comprehensive information and advice about care and support services in their local area. This will help people to understand how care and support services work locally, the options available, and how people can access care and support services.
It is also vital that carers get time off and a proper break. This is why I strongly welcome the £400 million the Government has given to the NHS between 2011 and 2015 to help give carers the breaks they deserve.
The Department of Health has recently held public consultation on how these reforms should be delivered by local authorities. This consultation concluded on the 15th August and I await details of its recommendations in due course.
Carers play an extremely important role and that is why I am pleased to endorse those behind www.whereisthecare.co.uk.
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