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Carers action plan 2018 to 2020 published

06 June 2018

The plan sets out how the government will improve support for carers in England over the next 2 years.

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The plan draws on thousands of responses, including those heard at focus groups and other events designed to capture carers’ views. Five primary themes emerged from our analysis of the responses and these are reflected in the structure and contents of the action plan.

Services and systems that work for carers - Services and systems need to be aware of the diversity of carers and their circumstances, from an elderly neighbour, to a young adult carer even to someone serving in the armed forces. There is no such thing as a "typical carer". They also need to be responsive and flexible, recognising and supporting carers at different stages in the caring journey.

Employment and financial wellbeing - Many carers told us about the difficulties they face balancing work and performing a caring role, and at the same time how they are struggling to make ends meet leading to financial hardship putting further pressure on them.

Supporting young carers - Improved identification of young carers, to enable assessments that identify support needs alongside flexible educational opportunities are vital to providing support so that young carers are able to access opportunities and have the same life chances as other young people without caring responsibilities.

Recognising and supporting carers in the wider community and society - Many carers will have little contact with services for carers, and will not be receiving formal support in their caring role. It is therefore vital to work with partners beyond government to raise awareness of caring among the wider population to build carer friendly communities.

Building research and evidence to improve outcomes for carers - This helps to better understand what solutions would be most effective and helpful for carers, to strengthen areas where gaps in knowledge were identified. Development and delivery of future policies needs to be informed by a strong evidence base.

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