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Plan aims to support thousands of unpaid carers

Carers. Elderly person

A new plan has been drawn up to help improve the help, information and support available to thousands of unpaid carers across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

Leicestershire County Council ‘s cabinet will consider a new Carers’ Strategy which focusses on  how partners work with unpaid carers of all ages so they are identified early and feel valued, respected and supported.

There are more than 105,000 people across LLR, including at least 2,000 young people aged 15 and under, who dedicate time looking after loved ones and friends.

The new plans respond to a predicted growth of older people with complex care needs who will need support from unpaid carers.

 

Councillor Richard Blunt, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “In 12 years’ time the number of carers in Leicestershire is expected to have risen by 29 per cent.

“We need to ensure that carers receive appropriate support wherever possible to help them carry out their caring role, while maintaining their own health and wellbeing.”

 

Feedback from a consultation with carers has helped inform the strategy, and further work will be carried out with young carers to ensure that their expectations of the strategy and action plans are met across the whole of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

The council has already developed a new online assessment form for unpaid carers in the county which makes the assessment process simpler and easier for carers to discuss their needs

The strategy has been drawn up by Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Rutland County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Cabinet will consider the plans when it meets on Tuesday, October 16.

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