Responding to the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) annual State of Care report and findings this week about the condition of the care market for older and disabled carers, Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

"Carers Trust's local partners provide valuable replacement care services to unpaid carers across the UK and are facing a tough time.

"Council contracts are not keeping pace with the true cost of delivering services and paying care workers the national living wage.

"Some services have even closed, or are facing closure and being placed in the incredibly difficult position of having to withdraw services from carers and the disabled and older people they support.

"We urge the government to look again at the sustainability of social care funding in the Autumn Statement."

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Carers Trust response to Committee Chair rejecting Government non-response on employment support for carers

Giles Meyer, CEO, Carers Trust, said: 

“What hope is there for England’s five million unpaid carers who are having a hard time juggling work and their caring roles, when the very committee overseeing the Department for Work and Pensions suggests the Department needs to ‘go away and try again’.

Carers Trust response to Children and Young People's Mental Health Green Paper

Giles Meyer, CEO, Carers Trust, said: 
“It is unclear how young carers’ mental health will be improved and supported based on the government’s response to this consultation. It feels very limited in its ambition.

Carers Trust responds to Care Quality Commission’s Beyond Barriers report

Speaking today, Giles Meyer, CEO, said:

“The findings of the CQC’s Beyond Barriers report are not a surprise, based on what Carers Trust regularly hears from local carers services and unpaid carers: local health and social care systems are not working together effectively for older people.