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

“We are once again disappointed that the Government has failed to provide more funding for social care, which could have supported unpaid carers, the people they care for, and the local services they depend on. We have already seen the closure of some of the services in our network, leaving carers and disabled and older people without support - and this will continue to happen unless the chronic underfunding gap is closed. This lack of funding drastically affects carers’ health and wellbeing.

“The two per cent social care precept announced in the Spending Review which councils can introduce will not be able to cover all of carers’ needs nor will every area introduce it. The Government thinks it has resolved the social care funding problem, but we don’t think it has.”

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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.