MPs make pledge to support young carers and young adult carers during Coronavirus crisis

The MPs, who are prospective Officers of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers, have issued a statement on Coronavirus.

The MPs’ statement sets out why young carers and young adult carers are at particular risk during the Coronavirus outbreak and why supporting them must be a priority. The statement also includes the prospective APPG’s concerns about the impact of the temporary closure of educational establishments on young carers and the crucial role of professionals in identifying and supporting young people with caring responsibilities.

The prospective APPG is urging government, local authorities and professionals not to lose sight of the needs of young carers and young adult carers, and the people they care for, during this emergency.

The cross-party group, consisting of seven MPs who have agreed to become Officers of the APPG, has also made a pledge to “make supporting young carers and young adult carers a priority” and is encouraging other MPs to sign the pledge. The seven MPs are:

  • Paul Blomfield MP (Labour) - Sheffield Central 
  • Martin Docherty-Hughes MP (SNP) - West Dunbartonshire
  • Gill Furniss MP (Labour) - Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough
  • Barbara Keeley MP (Labour) - Worsley and Eccles South 
  • Julian Knight MP (Conservative) - Solihull
  • Tim Loughton MP (Conservative) - East Worthing and Shoreham 
  • Julian Sturdy MP (Conservative) - York Outer

While the formal inauguration of the APPG has been delayed due to Coronavirus affecting the running of All-Party Parliamentary Group business, the prospective Officers are continuing to raise issues facing young carers and young adult carers in Parliament and in their local communities. Carers Trust, which will provide secretariat support to the APPG, has also been working closely with parliamentarians to ensure they are informed of the impact that the Coronavirus outbreak is having on children and young people with caring responsibilities.

MPs who would like to pledge to do more to support carers during this time can contact Carers Trust Policy team, policy@carers.org.