Reply from Dept of Health – Paul Burstows

Thank you for your recent email to Paul Burstow about support for carers.  I have been asked to reply on Mr Burstow’s behalf.

As you will know, the Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for financial support for carers.  I note that you have raised your concerns with that Department and trust that you receive a helpful reply.

I can assure you that the Government recognises that supporting the physical and mental well-being of carers helps carers carry out their caring role safely and effectively and keeps families together in their own homes for longer.  The document The Coalition: our programme for government committed the Government to using direct payments to carers and better community-based provision to improve access to respite care.  Ministers will be working in the coming months to implement this commitment and will make further announcements in due course.
 
More generally, as part of a new Government committed both to change and to reviewing public expenditure in the light of the current financial position, Ministers will be assessing priorities very carefully.  The Government will consider the options for supporting carers and the people they care for in the light of this year’s
decisions about spending and as part of future spending reviews.
 
The Government has recognised that urgent reform of the social care system is needed to provide much more control to individuals and their carers, and to ease the cost burden that they and their families face.  The Government will establish an independent Commission, which will consider how to ensure responsible and sustainable funding for long-term care.  Ministers want to
ensure this is a fair partnership between the state and the individual which takes into account the vital role of families and carers.  The Commission will be established as soon as possible and will report within a year.
 
I hope this reply is helpful.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Adam Butler
Customer
Service Centre
Department of Health
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