This report presents key findings on Carer Friendly Communities through five themes of community, health, employment, education and older carers. The research was part of Carers UK annual state of caring survey. It gives many examples of good practice and shows positive benefits to carers when they are understood and supported by their local community. However many reported that they did not feel understood and identified a negative effect that caring had on their own health, wellbeing, finances and relationships.
This consultation is aimed at all carers and anyone involved with carers in a professional or personal capacity. It is seeking views to develop a new strategy for carers and how to support them more effectively.
Make your views known now. Closing date for comments 31 July 2016.
This report shows a mixed picture of support, assessments, advice and information for carers. There are some carers who are getting good support following the implementation of part one of the Care Act and the report gives some examples of good practice. Many carers reported that they had not noticed any differences and 65% of carers had not had an assessment since the introduction of the Act. The report proposes more investment in staff training and support for carers is needed to ensure that the rights of carers are fully recognised across the country.