Following Jeremy Hunt's announcement that the Green Paper on social care has been postponed until the autumn, Giles Meyer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

“Unpaid carers are on the sharp end of the social care funding crisis every day, and now they’re being told to accept a further delay in finding the long-term funding solution they need.

“Carers are affected by the lack of social care in so many ways often at the expense of their own physical and mental health and finances. They are now providing even more care because social care is simply too stretched to respond to people with care and support needs. Carers are seeing their local support from Carers Trust Network Partners reduce, and often don’t get support for themselves so that they can have a short break.   

“The Government’s recent Carers Action Plan can only go so far without the long-term changes to the funding reform carers and local services need, so the autumn can’t come soon enough for unpaid carers.”