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Carers UK responds to publication of Care Act consultation

06 June 2014

Commenting on the publication of the Government’s consultation on the Care Act, Carers UK’s Director of Policy, Emily Holzhausen said:

Carers UK strongly welcomes the landmark new rights for carers in the Care Act 2014 which should make it easier for carers to get an assessment and receive advice and support. For the first time carers will also have a clear right in law to services.

However, in publishing new draft eligibility criteria, the Government appears to have narrowed access for older and disabled people to state support with the costs of their care. We are disappointed that the threshold for help with care needs has been raised since the Government’s original consultation in June - this goes against the spirit of the new law to act before care needs reach crisis point.

The historic and continuing underfunding of social care has increasingly resulted in families having to step in to provide care often at a huge cost to their wellbeing, relationships and ability to work resulting in financial hardship and ill health for many carers.

Carers UK will be examining all the consultations on draft regulations and guidance to look at how they affect carers to make sure that they deliver the best possible implementation of the Care Act 2014 for families and close friends who care.

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