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MP proposes landmark new social care law

Carers UK has joined forces with Barbara Keeley MP and a cross party group of MPs to work on a new piece of legislation to improve the supply of social care and help identify hidden carers.

Barbara Keeley MP, a long-term advocate for carers, secured a spot in the parliamentary calendar for a ‘Private Member’s Bill’ – a piece of legislation proposed by a backbench MP rather than the Government – and chose to use the opportunity to champion carers.

The bill, the Social Care (Local Sufficiency) and Identification of Carers Bill, aims to;

  • revolutionise the way that local authorities plan social care services in their areas for people who buy services themselves as well as those who rely on council social care services.
  • focus on ensuring the right services are planned and developed to help carers struggling to juggle work and caring for ill or disabled loved ones
  • create duties on the NHS, schools, colleges and universities to identify carers and signpost then to support and advice.

For further information and how to lend your support for this bill, visit Carers UK

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