Carers Strategy Launched

10/06/2008

The carers' strategy sets out the Government's short-term agenda and long-term vision for the future care and support of carers.

The carers' strategy is underpinned by £255 million to implement some immediate steps alongside with medium and long-term plans.

New commitments in the carers' strategy include: £150 million towards planned short breaks for carers; £38 million towards supporting carers to enter or re-enter the job market and £6 million towards improving support for young carers. Other schemes include the piloting of annual health checks for carers to help them stay well and training for GPs to recognise and support carers. A more integrated and personalised support service for carers will be offered through easily accessible information, targeted training for key professionals to support carers, and pilots to examine how the NHS can better support carers.