Coalition ensures breaks for carers – Dan Rogerson
The Coalition Government has announced plans to make sure carers are able to get a break.
Last year, Liberal Democrat Care Minister, Paul Burstow, announced an extra £400m for Primary Care Trusts to allow carers to take a well-earned break, but a recent study has found that many PCTs are not spending this money on carers.
The Coalition Government has now announced a new framework to ensure that by September next year, the local NHS must have plans in place to support carers and must publish these plans.
Dan Rogerson, Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall, commented:
“This was one of the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto commitments, and it is right that despite the difficult times Lib Dems are doing the right thing – ensuring we help those who need it most by making life a little bit easier for carers in Cornwall.
“I regularly meet carers around North Cornwall who are some of the most unsung heroes we have. The contribution they make to our society is incredible and we need to show them that they are also cared for.”
Commenting further, Lib Dem Care Minister, Paul Burstow said:
“We know that most people who need care would prefer for it to be provided by a loved one and that personal touch can make the world of difference to their lives.
“Family carers contribute billions of pounds to the economy with the amount of care and support they give, driven by nothing but a selfless desire to help those they love, reducing the need for local authorities and the NHS to step in.
“It is only right we try and reward those carers with a few days off here and there, or a short break away, to alleviate them of the day-to-day pressure that comes with caring.
“That is why we have asked the NHS to work closer than ever before with local authorities, to pool their money, to agree plans and to make sure carers get the break they all deserve.”