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Standing up for Carers’ Rights

[04/12/2013 | No comment]

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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.

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