Carers need recognition and support from local and national government - Independent Age
Independent Age has released the below statement following the story today that ‘the strain on millions of unpaid carers is harming their health, jeopardising the care of loved ones they care for, and putting the adult social care system at an increased risk of collapse, council and care leaders are warning.'
Carers up and down the country are propping up a failing social care system that has been starved of vital funding. Root and branch reform of social care cannot come too soon for carers who want to do all they can to support their family.
Carers need recognition and support from local and national government. Our recent research found that three-quarters of the public want to see an entitlement to free personal care, which will provide vital care and additional support for carers. Introducing free personal care in England, which is already available to people over 65 in Scotland, will start to turn the tide on a social care system that currently isn’t meeting the needs of older people and their carers.