I recently helped launch Leicester’s Carers’ Charter at an event organised to coincide with Carers Rights Day.
Too often, unpaid family carers end up paying a big price for looking after their loved ones. Carers are twice as likely to suffer from poor health, because of the stress and physical demands that caring brings, and 1 in 3 carers have to give up work or reduce their hours because the right services and support aren’t there to help them in the vital work they do.
This situation is getting harder because of the growing care crisis. The Government has completely failed to protect and develop the vital services and support on which older and disabled people and their families depend.
That’s why I warmly welcome the Carers’ Charter which has been developed by the City Council and Leicester’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. You can read the Charter here and see coverage of the event in the Leicester Mercury here.
On 28th November I spoke in a Parliamentary debate about the G8 Dementia Summit, which will take place in London in a couple of weeks.
I welcomed the fact that the G8 summit seeks to boost international efforts on clinical research, as it is essential we work towards developing effective drugs and treatments for this devastating disease.
But to really address the challenge of dementia we need to do far more than invest in research. In my speech, I argued it is equally vital that we improve the quality of dementia care and shift the focus of services towards prevention. Right now, the growing crisis in social care is the biggest threat to people living with dementia and the Government’s policies are making the situation worse, not better.
I’m campaigning for more affordable housing in Leicester West – including building more rented social housing – and help for homeowners through the recession.
As Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People I’m campaigning for better services and support for older people, carers and their families, and a sustainable system for funding social care in future.
I’m working to help your family by pressing for faster progress in local schools, more improvements in our NHS, and continued investment in children’s early years.
Helping businesses and making sure people have got the skills and training they need to work and earn a decent living is a top priority in Leicester West.