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Care and Support Alliance Campaign for Social Care Reform, 2012

Carers meet with Sharon Hodgson MP for Washington and Sunderland WestOver 50 charities representing older and disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families (including The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Carers UK) have been working together to call for the Government to reform the social care system.  On Tuesday 6th March 2012 they held a Lobby of Parliament.

Sunderland Carers' Centre supported the national campaign and arranged for a group of carers to meet their local MP to discuss the issues affecting them.

On Friday 24th February Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, met with carers at her constituency office and offered her support to the campaign.

Sharon said “Carers are relied upon to give substantial amounts of care in addition to any support received from social care services, so their views and concerns are crucial in the discussion about its future.

The social care system just couldn’t cope without the support carers offer, and their vital role needs to be recognised and protected so they are not exposed to unsustainable burdens of care which affect their own physical and mental health.

Carers and Sharon Hodgson MP meet to discuss issues affecting carersWe urgently need a sensible national debate on the future of social care, with all political parties, charities and carers’ groups around the table, to establish a fair system which can stand the test of time and the increasing numbers of people who will need care over the next couple of decades. I know that Sunderland Carers’ Centre are passionate about this, and I intend to ensure that their voice is heard in that debate.”

Beth Wayman and Sarann Valentine, Development Workers at Sunderland Carers’ Centre currently support family carers.

They know how important a sustainable social care system is so they feel supported and able to carry on in their caring roles. They explain...

“Caring for a family member or friend can be a hugely rewarding experience but carers do rely on services to support them in this caring role. The current government have set out priorities in the Carers Strategy but without a social care service supporting families in a sustainable way these priorities will be difficult to meet, particularly around carers looking after their health or even holding down a job. Increasing reliance on carers will turn more of them from providers to recipients of care or they feel they have to give up work so they can give more care.”

Click here for more information about the Care and Support Alliance Campaign