Today the Welsh Government unveiled its draft budget for 2015/16.
Simon Hatch, Director of Carers Trust Wales, said "We welcome the additional funding for the NHS and the commitment to an additional £10 million allocation for social services. The Minister emphasised that the Government will deliver more integrated health and social care, but we still have a long way to go. Unpaid carers across Wales need more support, earlier. Investing in breaks for carers is a perfect example of investing to save. Wales has 370,000 carers making an unpaid contribution to Wales worth billions, Wales also has the highest proportion of people over 65 accessing local authority care services in the UK.
"We are concerned about the impact that the loss of the intermediate care fund and continuing cuts to local government budgets will have on the frontline services used by carers and those that they care for. We know that carers across Wales are losing day services, struggling to secure funded carer breaks, and seeing other services reduced or removed entirely. We must make the most of the sector and existing services, making a clear commitment to invest in what works well and delivers quality services to and for carers. Investing early not just to save money, but to protect the well-being of carers and those they care for.
We know that people across the age range in Wales are unpaid carers, from young to old. There are 11,000 young carers in Wales. Young carers get much lower grades in school and a quarter of young carers said they were bullied in school because of their caring role. That's why we want to see the Pupil Deprivation Grant, which today received a further two year commitment from the Welsh Government, given to all young carers so they can get the same life chances as everyone else."
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