Commenting on the news that Paul Burstow MP is to be replaced as Care Services Minister by Norman Lamb MP, Moira Fraser, Director of Policy at Carers Trust, said: 

“Paul Burstow has made a significant contribution to the social care issues during his time as Care Services Minister, and Carers Trust would like to thank him for his commitment to carers over the last two years.

“The recent White Paper and draft Care and Support Bill featured many positive elements that should improve carers’ rights and access to services. We look forward to working with Norman Lamb MP to ensure that carers issues continue to remain a high priority, and that the current uncertainty around future funding of carer support is resolved.”

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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.