Giles Meyer, CEO of Carers Trust, said: "For one fleeting moment today we thought the Chancellor had remembered unpaid carers in his Budget. Sadly, it was just that: a moment."

“The NHS will get extra money for mental health, but it isn’t clear how this will support carers. Carers often need help with their own mental health, especially young carers who are at risk of developing mental health problems. It’s also important carers are taken seriously as experts in care of people with mental health problems. 

“And with only £650m for adult social care and £84m for children’s social care, spread across all of England’s local authorities, the needs of seven million carers and the local services that support them will barely be touched. This is too short term a solution.  

“Carers don’t have a moment to wait for the help and support they need: too many are already in crisis. We’re not sure how any of the money in the Budget will reach them.” 

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  1. Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
  2. We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives. With locally based Network Partners we are able to support carers in their homes through the provision of replacement care, and in the community with information, advice, emotional support, hands on practical help and access to much needed breaks. We offer specialist services for carers of people of all ages and conditions and a range of individual tailored support and group activities.
  3. Our vision is that unpaid carers count and can access the help they need to live their lives.