This week, and with a great deal of pomp and ceremony, the Queen delivered her speech to parliament. This is a really important moment in the political calendar. It’s when we get to hear what the government plans to do for the coming year. For Carers Trust, our instant thoughts on hearing the speech are: “How will these plans affect carers?” and “What should we do about it?” Continue reading
This week is Dementia Awareness week and carers of people with dementia, will I hope feature prominently. It is often said that when a diagnosis of dementia is given, it is given to the whole family. Dementia is a complex, unpredictable progressive condition, which affects 850,000 people in the UK. One third of people with dementia are cared for in their own homes by a family member or friend. If, as the Prime Minsters challenge on dementia intends, Britain it to be a leading county in the field of dementia, if we cannot afford to leave out this extremely important group of people. Continue reading
Although it’s a certain election on 7 May that’s getting the headlines, the business of government carries on in Wales with big changes to social care in Wales currently making their way through the National Assembly for Wales. Continue reading
It’s fair to say that the general election result was as much of a surprise to us at Carers Trust as it was to everyone else, including the Conservative party. We were all set to fire off briefings to those brokering potential coalitions, asking them to prioritise social care, but none of that turned out to be needed.
So now we are taking stock. Continue reading
Our aim at Carers Trust is to influence government policy so that it reflects the needs, concerns, and aspirations of the UK’s 7 million carers.
Today, you can help us take a major step towards achieving that goal.
Voters are going to the polls in one of the closest general elections in decades. No one is quite sure what the outcome will be.
That means every vote is going to count. Continue reading
Last week young carers handed in over 1800 Fair Start signatures to the Department for Education asking the government to include young carers in the criteria for Pupil Premium. Thank you for adding your support – it showed the government just how much you care about young carers future. Continue reading
Driving in the right direction but without enough fuel in the tank: Carers Trust responds to party manifestos
If there is one message we can take from the manifestos of the five main parties it is this: social care is on the map, and we’re driving in roughly the right direction. The trouble is we don’t have nearly enough fuel in the tank.
On the one hand, the past two weeks have shown us that the vital role played by the nation’s 7 million carers is now receiving the political attention it deserves. Each of the parties’ manifestos makes pledges to increase the support given to carers and, crucially, acknowledges that there currently exists a huge gap between the assistance carers need and the support they are actually receiving. Continue reading
We’re now just over a month away from what promises to be one of the most competitive and close fought elections in recent history. Parties are turning up the heat on their campaigns, desperate to reach-out to as many voters as they can before polling day.
Almost 1 in every 7 members of the voting public is an unpaid carer – representing a huge voting bloc and one we know candidates will be keen to hear from. That means we have a unique opportunity to ensure candidates (and future MPs!) are listening to the views and concerns of carers. Continue reading
Amid the April fools jokes, news of a Benedict Cumberbatch model made of chocolate, and the many politician parody videos that seem to be big news at the moment, you could be forgiven for missing the introduction of the Care Act which came into force yesterday, 1 April 2015.
The Act was described as the ‘most significant reform of care and support in 60 years’ by care minister, Norman Lamb, and he was not exaggerating. Continue reading
In 5 weeks, the UK will be going to the polls to vote in the 2015 General Election and decide who will form the Government in Westminster.
At first glance, it can be hard for carers in Wales to see what impact the UK election will have on their lives. Many of the things that matter most to carers are now the responsibility of the Welsh Government and the National Assembly for Wales – key issues such as how social care is funded, the new rights for carers under the Social Services and Well-being Act 2014, and the involvement of the NHS in Wales in planning for, identifying and supporting carers. Continue reading