A new fund set up to bring together health and social care and benefit unpaid carers is resulting in huge inconsistency in support, says leading charity Carers Trust.
The charity examined 45 of the 151 plans developed by Health and Wellbeing Boards, the bodies charged with implementing the £130 million Better Care Fund, to look at how they plan to use the fund to improve the support they give to carers.
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 10:38
Dr Moira Fraser, Director of Policy and Research, Carers Trust responding to the National Audit Office report on Care Act first-phase reform said:
“Carers Trust welcomes the NAO’s report, but we still need to know if carers are getting access to assessments and support. Without evidence of what exactly local authorities are doing in implementing the Care Act we cannot assess if carers are feeling the benefits of new rights.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 09:46
Exams can be tough, but for young people juggling their studies with their caring role, life can be even tougher, say charities supporting around half a million young and young adult carers across the UK.
Research shows that young adult carers miss an average of 48 school days a year due to their role and that they are four times more likely to drop out of college or university than a young person who isn’t in a caring role.
Young adult carers are likel
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 15:30
The huge variation in the support received by those looking after an older, disabled or seriously-ill loved one is having a damaging impact on the health of carers and their ability to look after the person they care for, according to new research launched today for Carers Week 2015.
Two-thirds (65%) of carers say one or more of the services in their local areas is not carer-friendly as it fails to recognise and support them in their caring role.
Monday, June 1, 2015 - 09:37
Every local authority in the UK is being asked what they are doing to find young adult carers and let them know they have a right to information and support.
Carers Trust, the largest charity for carers, has written to all 433 local authorities to ask them what they are doing or plan to do to support carers between the ages of 14 and 25 who are providing unpaid care for their sick or disabled family member.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 16:37
Responding to the Queen’s Speech, Dr Moira Fraser, Director of Policy and Research at Carers Trust said:
“Carers Trust welcomes today’s commitment from the government to continue with the integration of health and social care, which, if done well, could improve the lives of carers and their families.
“We are concerned, however, that without adequate funding, these good intentions could be undermined.
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 11:46
Commenting on the outcome of the general election, Gail Scott-Spicer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, said:
"On behalf of Carers Trust, thank you to all our supporters and members who campaigned with us during this election to get the issues that matter to unpaid carers of all ages on to the political agenda.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 14:18
A new national award has recognised 15 schools across the country for their work with young carers. Hundreds more schools are expected to receive awards this summer.
Launched today following a successful pilot phase, the Young Carers in Schools programme
offers schools step-by-step guidance, practical tools and training opportunities to support pupils and students who have caring responsibilities.
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 14:41
Responding to publication of party manifestos, Dr Moira Fraser, Director of Policy and Research, Carers Trust said:
“More needs to be done to support all unpaid carers. The Care Act, for the first time, puts carers on an equal footing to the people they care for. However, without additional funding for social care, carers will still not receive the necessary support.