Government recognises need to support and involve carers within the social care system

Sense, has welcomed yesterday's publication of the Government’s ‘Carers Action Plan’ for England, which recognises the need for services, systems and the society to support and involve carers over the next two years.

Sense has been calling on central government to adequately resource local authorities to provide better support for disabled people and their families, now and in the future.

Research published by Sense this year, revealed that over two thirds (67%) of families caring for disabled adults with complex needs live in fear of what will happen to their loved one when they are no longer able to provide support. 1 in 3 local authorities do not know how many disabled adults are being cared for by family and friends at home, with only 1 in 4 councils able to support carers to make contingency plans for future care options.

A petition by Sense to ensure councils have a future care and support plan for disabled adults in their area has already received over 10,000 signatures.

Sarah White, Head of Public Policy at disability charity Sense, said:

“Sense research has highlighted the immense pressure on family carers of disabled adults with complex needs. We found that there are 1.7 million disabled people who are supported by friends and family, yet 75% do not have plans in place for when this support is no longer available.

It is clear that carers need more support now, as well as support planning for the future.

We are pleased today’s plan by the Government acknowledges the need to put in place practical measures now to improve support for carers at different stages in the caring journey.

The plan also acknowledges that carers need to be considered as part of the upcoming Social Care Green paper, and we will continue to press the government to secure a future where disabled adults and their families receive the right support at the right time and in the most appropriate setting.”