Responding to today’s Queen’s Speech, Giles Meyer, interim CEO of Carers Trust, said:

“Unpaid carers, and the services that support them, are very clear that social care funding is in crisis and that successive governments have failed to take sufficient action.

“Social care funding must now be put above party politics, and plans for a consultation must be used to find a long-term solution, which works for unpaid carers today and in the future.

“The increase in the National Living Wage is important as it is a step towards ensuring paid care support staff are paid more fairly for the vital job they do in supporting disabled and older people, their carers and families. We look forward to seeing the detail of the proposed measures in the consultation, and how this will meet the costs to the councils that support care providers.

“Many unpaid carers could not manage without the high-quality support of paid care support staff. The impact of Brexit negotiations must ensure that enough paid staff are available to support carers – wherever these workers come from in the world.”

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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.