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.”

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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.