In response to today’s Budget Dr Moira Fraser, Director of Policy and Research, Carers Trust said:
“We are pleased to see that the Government in today’s Budget has pledged more funding to support mental health services for children. Our own research shows that young and young adult carers' mental health can suffer as a result of their caring role, so this funding may go some way to support them. It is also essential that parents and families of children with mental health problems have access to services in order to support the whole family. More widely, so many young carers and young adult carers are not being identified and supported – this must change.
Carers need and deserve quality care and support but we sadly saw very little in this Budget about social care funding. The next Government must grasp the nettle and end the crisis in social care, due to chronic underfunding. Ahead of the General Election we want all political parties to remember carers in their manifestos and prioritise their needs. We are calling for the NHS to have a duty to identify carers and that Health and Care Services need to be better co-ordinated to deliver for this group of people. Carers need and deserve quality care and support.”