A new online forum launched by Parliament is giving carers the opportunity to give feedback on what they think of plans to reform social care.

Following the publication of the draft Social Care Bill last year, the Government asked the public for their opinions on the reforms — and now a Parliamentary Committee is examining the draft Bill and wants to hear carers’ views before it makes recommendations to the Government.
 
If you are a carer, telling the Committee about the impact you think the Bill would have on your own situation will inform its eventual recommendations to the Government.

Your views matter

The Committee would particularly like to hear the views of carers on three key areas of the draft Bill:

  • Responsibilities of local authorities
  • Assessing needs
  • Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse and neglect

Our Director of Policy, Moira Fraser, said: “This an opportunity for carers to have their views heard and share their personal experiences with Parliament.  
 
“We would encourage all carers to respond to the web forum if they can and to share their views and experiences with the Committee.”

How to get involved and take action

The Draft Care and Support Bill forum is open until 22 February. To help carers with their contributions to the online forum, we have produced a guidance document containing useful background information, advice, and links to Carers Trust’s previous briefing papers on the Draft Bill.
 
Visit the Draft Care and Support Bill forum.
 
Download our guidance document in full here to assist with your contributions.
 
Need further information or advice? Please contact Kirsty Slack, Policy and Campaigns Office: kslack@carers.org.