Support the Carers Bill

Barbara Keeley MP is proposing a Carers (Support and Identification) Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday 14 July following research showing too many carers go without support.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care reported in March 2010 that two-thirds of Primary Care Trusts were not even collecting information on the number of carers they had provided breaks for despite this being asked of them.

And research cited by Paul Burstow MP, Minister for Care Services, in a Parliamentary debate on 1 July showed that carers not identified by health or social services are much less likely to have a life outside their caring role.

The Bill, relevant in England only, would require:

  • GPs and health services to identify patients who are carers or have a carer
  • GPs and health services to take the carers’ needs into account
  • Schools to have a policy to identify young carers

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers supports this proposal as carers are consistently ignored by health services, when carers, and the people they are caring for, could benefit so much from extra support. We also think schools should be doing more to support carers after our research found two-thirds of young carers were bullied at school and 39% said none of their teachers knew about their caring role.

We have provided a template letter below that carers can download, personalise and send to their MP. It would have most impact if the MP received the letter before 14 July but your MP can still write to the Minister, Paul Burstow MP, asking him to support the Bill after this date.

Template letter to MP (26 KB)

Find your local MP here with their contact details - letters may also be sent via email. Make sure you mention that you are a constituent.

Further information:

Read The Princess Royal Trust for Carers' comment following Barbara Keeley MP proposing this Bill.

This document gives information about PCTs' support for carers against the NHS performance indicator, where available; many have not collected the information to know how they are doing:

Vital Sign Performance Jan Mar 09 (13 KB)

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