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Cabinet to discuss improving support for carers

Ways of improving support will be discussed by Cabinet members

Ways of improving support for carers across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are identified in a report being considered by Leicestershire county councillors next week (10 October).

Some of the measures - outlined in a draft strategy drawn up in conjunction with Leicester City Council, Rutland County Council and clinical commissioning groups - include:

• Dedicated workers offering help to carers to ensure they are appropriately supported;

• Increasing access to respite provision;

• Helping young carers into further education or employment.

 

It’s widely recognised that carers have a vital role to play in the community, but what’s equally important is that they feel supported, particularly around their own health and wellbeing. We believe the carers’ strategy provides improvements to that support, but, if Cabinet agree, we’ll seek people’s views to get a greater insight on the experiences of carers.
 

The council’s ruling cabinet will be asked next week to approve and then consult on the draft strategy in late November / early December, with a report on the findings being considered by Cabinet in Spring next year.

The report also outlines that a two-year funding stream of £200,000 from the Improved Better Care Fund will further support improvements for adult carers in Leicestershire.

Cabinet will consider the report when it meets at 11am on Tuesday, 10 October. The meeting will be webcast, live, at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast and a recording available from the following day.

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