Commenting on today’s publication of The Mandate for the NHS Commissioning Board, Thea Stein, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

“It is positive that carers issues have been considered within the mandate, but we are disappointed that the draft Mandate’s key focus on carers has been diluted.

“With only one broad measurable objective, we are concerned that the NHS could overlook the need to provide the range of support for carers that we know helps.

“The importance of information and advice for carers is mentioned but this is only part of what carers need. The ability to access specific local support and respite services, and the ability to continue to work or stay in education, are also crucial.

“Carers need to be able to find out what is being provided by their NHS. We would welcome further opportunities to work with the Government and local NHS providers to ensure their services are transparent and accountable.”

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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.