Local Labour MP, Rosie Cooper, today backed a call for a new Carers Champion in Government who would lead on carers' issues. This is in the light of findings of an ITV News investigation, undertaken in conjunction with Carers UK, that found people looking after sick or disabled relatives were still feeling isolated and struggling to care without enough support.
As a result of these striking findings, ITV News on Monday 6 February is launched a campaign calling for the Government to appoint a “Carers’ Czar” to champion the rights of carers.
In a recent document, the White Paper on health and social care, Government pledged to review the National Strategy for Carers, increase the amount of emergency respite care and ensure that carers get better access to information. However, in order to be a success, it needs to be lead within Government from a senior level - a Carers' Champion.
Rosie Cooper MP, who is supporting the campaign and signed Early Day Motion 1562 said:
“It’s a real concern that carers in my constituency may be struggling both financially and in terms of their own well-being, and even more worrying that they may not be receiving all the help they are entitled to. Carers are the backbone of community support in the UK, saving the economy a cost equivalent to a second NHS service."
“These findings highlight that these carers are not getting enough help in this difficult and demanding role. It is vital we give as much support from Government as we can to the six million carers in the UK."
”I would urge all those looking after a sick or frail loved one or relative to check they are receiving all the support they are entitled to by calling the CarersLine on 0808 808 7777.”