Speaking in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement today that Labour would increase carers allowance by 17%, Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

“An increase in the carer’s allowance can’t come soon enough and would acknowledge the contribution unpaid carers make to society.

“It’s also important that all parties develop policies that commit to making a genuine and long-lasting difference to carers’ health and wellbeing, and to the local services that support carers.

“Not all carers are eligible for the Carer’s Allowance, so policies which fully deliver legal rights for carers introduced under the Care Act in all local areas would make a great difference. Charging carers for their own support is an added hardship to carers, is against the spirit of the Care Act and should cease.”

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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.