A new plan sets out how the government will improve support for carers in England over the next two years. It is structured around themes including: services and systems that work for carers; employment and financial wellbeing; and supporting young carers.
The plan sets out a two-year programme of targeted work to support unpaid carers. It puts a focus on practical actions to support carers and gives visibility to the work already underway or planned within government.
In 2016, the Government ran a call for evidence to seek the views and experiences of unpaid carers. A summary of the 6,800 responses received will be published alongside the plan. Their contributions have informed its development and content, helping to focus actions around the following five themes:
- Services and systems that work for carers
- Employment and financial wellbeing
- Supporting young carers
- Recognising and supporting carers in the wider community and society
- Building evidence and research to improve outcomes for carers
In this way, the government says it will seek to build accessible carer friendly communities and public services, promote innovative local projects and support carers to stay in work.
The government recognises there is more to do and that is why the needs of carers will be central to the forthcoming Green Paper on care and support, as set out in the Secretary of Health’s speech in March.
The plan has been developed in close collaboration with Ministers and officials in other government departments including the Government Equalities Office, Department for Education, Department for Work and Pensions, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
The Government says it wants to ensure that caring is a choice or responsibility that is always recognised and valued. The publication of this Carers Action Plan today is an important part of that commitment.