Carers Trust responds to Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care report
The Commission on Reimagining Care, which was launched by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in April 2021, has published its report ‘Care and Support Reimagined: a National Care Covenant for England’.
Responding to the report, Carers Trust CEO Kirsty McHugh said:
“Today’s report from the Reimagining Care Commission is yet another vital call for reforming social care and providing a sorely needed new deal for the UK’s millions of unpaid family carers. The idea of a National Care Covenant with the aim of creating collective responsibility for a reimagined system enabling everyone to flourish is a welcome contribution to the debate. We are also pleased to see the commission recommending some crucial changes we have long called for, including access to breaks for carers, paid leave and an urgent review of Carer’s Allowance.
“There’s an urgent need for a new deal for carers, with many being plunged into poverty. Our recent research found that nearly two-thirds of adult carers have been forced to cut back on work or give up their jobs entirely. Alongside adults, young carers are also facing huge pressures while local carer organisations are in dire need of support. We desperately need a UK-wide strategy for unpaid carers and call upon all parties to work together to develop a long term strategy for health and social care."
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About Carers Trust
Carers Trust is the UK charity working to transform the lives of unpaid carers across the UK. It partners with its network of local carer organisations to provide funding and support, deliver innovative and evidence-based programmes and raise awareness and influence policy. In 2021/22 Carers Trust supported 917,000 unpaid carers across the UK.