Bill gives new rights to carers at home

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Carers looking after relatives or friends were given new rights when the Carers and Disabled Children Bill became law in July. Carers National Association chief executive Diana Whitworth said the new Act, introduced as a Private Member1s Bill by Labour MP Tom Pendry, provides for services to be provided to carers, for enhanced rights of carers to an assessment of their needs, and for direct payments to carers and disabled children over the age of 16. Carers are also to receive vouchers for short term respite breaks. “Carers in England and Wales owe a huge debt of gratitude to Tom Pendry for his Bill, for listening to carers and ensuring that they have a say as it has passed through its stages,” Ms Whitworth said. “We have been campaigning for years to ensure that carers are given the necessary breaks from their caring responsibilities. “Our next step is to make sure the implementation of the Act is not hindered by lack of funding, which was on of the problems with the 1995 Carers (Recognition and Services) Ac

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