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How can the Government improve support for carers?

July 22, 2016

The Department of Health is calling for evidence from informal carers who look after family members, friends, neighbours or others on how they can improve support for carers.

Responses can also be submitted by people who have a carer and any professional who works to support carers, such as social workers and NHS staff.

Action for M.E. will also respond as an organisation by presenting evidence gathered through our consultations and surveys.

The Department of Health issued this call in order to inform their new strategy for supporting carers, aiming to ensure that the strategy reflects the needs and interests of carers, including

  • the impact of caring on their health and wellbeing
  • their employment or education
  • the adequacy of services and formal support for carers.

Alistair Burt, Minister of State for Communities and Social Care and lead Minister for carers, says, “Carers do an incredible job looking after people and I want to make sure the Government is doing everything it can to help them. They talk of keeping the plates spinning and finding time for themselves, it’s so hard. So we’re issuing a call to evidence for carers and those who support them to see if there’s more we can do.”

If you wish to give a response based on your own experiences, please visit the Department of Health’s consultation page to:

  • complete an online survey form or
  • download a response form and submit a written reply.

Guidance notes indicate that completing the survey will take an average of 30-45 minutes (if you do the whole thing; otherwise can just complete those sections most relevant to you). Responses must be submitted by Sunday 31July.