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Contact comments on government's Carers Action plan in Carers Week 2018

Tuesday 12th June 2018

11-17 June 2018 is Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

This Carers Week is about coming together to build communities that support the health and wellbeing of carers. Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but sometimes carers find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring.

Our Counting the Costs research found that parent carers are more likely to feel they have a poor quality of life with restricted life choices, and more likely to report problems with their own health.

We have lots of information and advice on handling stress, looking after your relationship and managing your precious time in the family life section of our site and on our Family Life Plus website, which we host in partnership with relationship experts One Plus One.

Government launches new Carers Action Plan

Last week, the government published its long-awaited Carers Action Plan. Too often parent carers are poorly recognised in the caring community and government policy making. This leaves parent carers with fewer rights to support compared to other carers.

When compared to other carers, parent carers are:

  • Twice as likely to care for 100+ hours a week (24% compared with 12%)
  • More likely to have financial difficulties (36% compared 21%)
  • More likely to report problems with their own health.

Our head of policy Una Summerson said about the plan: "We welcome commitments made to supporting local parent carer forums. We have been supported local parent carer forums in England since 2008 to have a voice in local decision making on policy and service delivery for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

"The action plan says that the government will look at ways to support parent carers to navigate the transition from child to adult services as their child approaches the age of 18. This is very much needed as too often this is the stage that parent carers have to give up their jobs.

"However, the Carers Action Plan lacks teeth when it comes to fixing the crisis in health and social care funding for disabled children. Cases like Nascot Lawn in Watford and other cuts to short break centres across the country show the urgent need to look at how vital services like these are funded."

Read more about the Carers Action Plan.