Responding to today’s Queen’s Speech, Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

“Young carers have been identified in law as vulnerable. This acknowledgement in law and by Ofsted means that local authorities and schools must step in to stop unsupported caring roles in childhood, which put children’s educational and employment outcomes and life chances at risk. This support and recognition needs to carry on into higher education, so that young adult carers have the same life chances as other young people.  

We welcome the opportunity to work with government on the development of the Education Bill, Higher Education Bill, Life Chances strategy, and on improving social work, to achieve better outcomes for young carers and young adult 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.