Speaking today, Giles Meyer CEO of Carers Trust, said:

"We are in disbelief that the government have yet again delayed finding the long-term joined-up solution to social care funding that carers need, and chosen to focus only on older people in next summer’s Green Paper. Social care is in crisis now, and needs urgent government action to support unpaid carers of all ages, who care for people of all ages. 

"England’s five million carers – whether they are young adult carers, working-age carers, or older carers – are all still waiting for their own social care needs to be met, as well as those of the people they care for. 

"The fact that carers are not mentioned in the First Secretary’s statement is completely at odds with what the government has repeatedly heard from carers about their social care needs, particularly carers’ recent engagement with the Carers Strategy.

"With no timeline for funding reform for young adult carers or working age carers, how much longer is the government going to delay on this?"