Local carers hear about changes to come

The Care Act 2014 will start to be implemented this April and it enshrines in law a series of new rights and duties that aim to help carers to feel better supported and informed.

Ealing Council’s special carers' event was an opportunity for local carers to learn more about their new rights, hear about the kinds of services that might be available to them in the future and to contribute to the design of a new carer’s assessment. It was also an opportunity for the council to hear first-hand some of their stories, including the impact that caring has on their lives.

From April, all carers will have the right to ask for an assessment of their needs. Those eligible will have a support plan put in place and may also receive financial assistance to help pay for help like respite care and sitting services.  In addition, the council will have a legal duty to provide information about the services available in the community for carers, such as support groups.

Councillor Hitesh Tailor said: “The Care Act introduces introduces major changes and we are determined to get them right. That is why we are involving carers in designing the assessments and asking them to tell us what services we should be providing.

“Today we have heard first-hand from residents about the huge impact that caring for another person has on their lives. Despite the massive budget pressures we are facing, we will be working to meet their needs so they feel supported in carrying out this vital role.”

To find out more about the Care Act 2014, go to www.gov.uk/careandsupport.