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The law is changing for the better

Note: The following blogpost has been contributed by Moira Fraser, Director of Policy at The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

The law it is a’changing. And perhaps even for the better!

You might think that there are quite enough laws and regulations around affecting people’s lives and you’d be Her Royal Highness with Anfrew Cozens and Liz Fentonabsolutely right. If you look at the law affecting adult social care, and carers in particular, there are so many laws that have developed over so many years, that you need a law degree to have a chance of figuring out what on earth your rights might be. So when the Law Commission announced that it was going to review all of these, and make the legal framework simpler, I was delighted. Imagine – lawyers reducing the number of laws rather than increasing them!

The Law Commission announced its recommendations last week – and on the same day, we were lucky enough to have HRH The Princess Royal at a seminar we held, with Frances Patterson QC who led the review, and Paul Burstow MP, the Minister for  Care Services, to discuss the findings. It’s good news – widening rights to carers’ assessments, and introducing a duty for local authorities to provide support for eligible people – and the moment they only have a “power” to do this, and a “duty” is a massive improvement. It’ll all need to go through Parliament first, of course.

But two people really stole the show on the day – the two carers who came and told the Princess, the Minister, the QC and all the others exactly what the law, personalisation, and social care services mean for them – what makes their life easier and what makes it harder. One told, with huge pride, about the independent life her daughter has as a result of having a personal budget, and her fears that this might be cut, and another told how she was a carer for her parents for 15 years before anyone told her she could get any help at all. They told their stories clearly, concisely, and constructively.

You can have all the “experts” with all the qualifications in the world, but nobody knows as much as people who live it every day. Well done to Barbara and Diane – you did carers proud.

Additional Info:

Law Commission report calls for major social care revamp

Carers’ Charity welcomes Law Commission’s recommendations

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May 16, 2011 - Posted by | Benefits, Law

1 Comment »

  1. When i started as a CARER 25 years ago there was no help. I had to fight thr DSS and the UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT OFFICE. I was labelled as a scrounger lazy and sponger.
    Over the years the law changed and things slowly began to improve or so i thought,BUT now the CONDEM goverment attack those who are vulnerable and unable to defend themselves.
    I am a mn of faith a CHRISTIAN and it is my faith that now sustains me in the CRUEL and VICIOUS onslaught the government has launched against the DISABLED and there CARERS.
    There will come a DAY when we all stand before GOD to give account for the lives we have lived, hwo will the heartless MP,s and gready BANKERS and SPECULATORS answer for what they have done.
    THIS GIVES ME GREAT COMFORT BECAUSE AT LEAST ONE DAY THE RULERS AND MONEY GRABBERS WILL NO BE ABLE TO HIDE BEHIND SMART WORDS AND THE LAW.

    I thank PRINCESS ANNE for CARING ENOUGH to do something without CARERS GLOUCESTESHIRE i do not know if i could cope.

    YOu say the LAW is changing for the better,some how i just don,t see it
    BUT
    until the day dawns and this NATION and its POLITICAL LEADERS realise that they
    CANNOT CONTINUE IN SPEDING THE LIVES OF CARERS WHILE CUTTING SUPPORT FOR THE
    DISABLED AND CARERS
    THEN LONELINES STRESS SUFFERING WILL BE THE PATH THAT CARERS WALK.

    Comment by Taras Kurylak | May 18, 2011 | Reply


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