Responding to the announcement made by Jackie Doyle-Price MP, the Minister for Care and Mental Health, made at Carers UK’s Parliamentary reception for Carers Rights Day, Heléna Herklots CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK and Giles Meyer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust said:

“We welcome the Minister’s announcement that the Government will bring forward a cross-Government action plan in the New Year to improve support for carers informed by evidence from carers.

Carers responded in large numbers to the Government’s call for evidence last year and have been waiting a long time for the Government to respond.

Caring impacts on so many different aspects of life so a cross-Government approach, led by the Department of Health, is crucial to improving support for carers.

Given the recently announced longer-term consultation into the funding and provision of older people’s care and a parallel process looking at the care of working age adults; the action plan will look at what can be done in the shorter term to improve support for carers ahead of the outcome of social care proposals.

The Minister’s strong assurance that carers’ views will be at the heart of the social care Green Paper process is also welcome and essential if we are going to achieve a fairer balance between the huge contribution of families and that of the state.

We look forward to working with the Department of Health and right across Government to ensure the voice of carers and those working with carers is heard both in the development and implementation of an action plan and in longer term work on care funding to bring the lasting changes that carers and local services need to see.”