Responding to the Chancellor's Autumn Budget 2017, Giles Meyer, Carers Trust CEO, said:

“We are disappointed that the Chancellor has failed to tackle the social care funding crisis in this Budget. Despite the existing £2.5 billion funding shortfall, nothing is being done to address this.

“For the 5.5 million carers in England, this means they will continue to pick up more caring responsibilities when many are already near breaking point.

“Carers Trust is still reeling after the Government’s announcement last week regarding the Green Paper for social care reform. The announcement of the focus on older people, and the delay until next summer to even begin the process, left carers in England – whether they are young adult carers, working-age carers, or older carers – waiting for a clear plan to the social care crisis which meets their needs as carers, as well as the needs of the people they care for.

“All in all, it has been a doubly disappointing week for unpaid carers.”

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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.