Labour's Liz Kendall MP, proposes 'Carers Charter' which would provide greater support for England's 5.4 million unpaid family carers.
Liz Kendall MP, meeting concerned carers in the Colne Valley.
Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, Liz Kendall today set out the Party’s plans to improve support for the region’s half a million unpaid family carers.
The package of support for unpaid family carers proposed by Labour includes:
- Abolishing the bedroom tax - which hits 60,000 carers nationally and penalises them for the extra facilities they need to care for their loved ones.
- A new duty on the NHS to identify family carers, so they can get the right help and support, and a new right for carers to ask for an annual health check - allowing problems to be identified earlier and prevent costs escalating.
- A single point of contact with care services for families caring for people with the greatest needs, so the system works with, not against them.
- Ensuring the funding currently identified for carers' breaks is properly ring-fenced, o make sure all the money goes to family carers.
- Consulting with employers, trade unions and carers organisations on how to improve flexible working for family carers, which could include measures such as a new period of 'adjustment leave' to help families cope with short-term crisis.
- Recognising the transport costs facing family carers, by including family carers in the groups who can be eligible for hospital car parking concessions.
Announcing the Carer's Chater Liz Kendall MP said:
“Family life is changing and more and more of us are looking after elderly or disabled relatives. This can often be a real struggle and many families feel pushed to breaking point."“It’s not right that people who do so much get so little in return. We need to improve support for families, and Labour’s package of measures will make a real and practical difference to their lives.”