Comment on the launch of the Social Care White Paper and draft Care and Support Bill

Moira Fraser, Director of Policy, said:

“There are many positive elements in today’s White Paper and draft Care and Support Bill that should improve carers’ rights and access to services, but by not tackling the issue of funding the Government is simply making empty promises.

“The duty to assess any carer simplifies the assessment process and should result in more carers being supported at an earlier point in their care journey, and the introduction of a national minimum eligibility threshold for support for carers will go some way to address inconsistent eligibility and access to support.

“These proposals represent a step change in the number of carers who may be eligible for support – but increasing carers’ rights without resources will not result in any meaningful change.

“We are incredibly disappointed that the Government has delayed making a decision to address the complex issue of social care funding.

“Carers constantly tell us that they are worried about the future and the lack of clarity over how the services that they so vitally need will be funded in the long-term.

“That is why Carers Trust today calls on the Government to urgently bring forward measures to address the current funding crisis, which is both unfair and unsustainable.”

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The Government published the draft Care and Support Bill on 11 July 2012. It proposes a single, modern law for adult care and support that replaces existing outdated and complex legislation and includes new rights for adult carers. The draft Care and Support Bill will replace existing legislation. Carers Trust strongly encourages carers and Network Partners to respond to the consultation and to feed into the Carers Trust response. You can do this in the following ways:

  1. Read Carers Trust Briefings - Draft Care and Support Bill

  Briefing 1: Short briefing on key clauses affecting carers

  Briefing 2: Detailed briefing clause by clause

  Briefing 3: What does the draft Care and Support Bill mean for young carers

 

  1. Organise your own consultation event or contribute to a local consultation response with carers and local partners

  2. Use Carers Trust Consultation Toolkit to help you put together a response – includes more information on the  consultation process and top tips