The Care Act is failing to support carers. Legislation gave new rights to carers but its potential is far from being realised

Burstow, Paul (2016) The Care Act is failing to support carers. Legislation gave new rights to carers but its potential is far from being realised. The Guardian . ISSN 0261-3077

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Have carers noticed any difference since the Care Act came in? That is the question the Carers Trust asked me to try to answer. Over the past six months, I’ve been working with a small team of experts by experience and professionals to take the first snapshot of the impact of the act. Carers provide the bulk of care in our country. Three in five of us will become carers at some point in our lives. Without carers, our already stretched NHS and social services would be overwhelmed. But many carers pay a heavy price for their role in both their health and their wealth. During our inquiry, we were told by many of those who contributed that the Care Act is an important piece of social reform but its potential is far from being realised. The Care Act puts carers on an equal footing with those who have care needs. This parity in law is new, some even say revolutionary. Councils have a duty to promote the wellbeing of carers and to prevent burnout and crisis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Click on the official URL above to read this article. Published Tue 12 July 2016
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Groups/Institutions/Organisations
Department/People: Honorary Staff
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 18:25
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2018 18:25
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1773

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