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GOVERNMENT WILL COMPEL COUNCILS TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR CARERS

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Hansard 9 June: Column 1430 ...
Hansard 9 June: Column 1430

The government still intends to legislate to compel local authorities to provide appropriate services to help those caring for people in their own homes, health minister Baroness Hayman told peers.

She was replying to Labour's Baroness Pitkeathley who asked what progress had been made in implementing the government's national strategy one year after its publication. Specifically, she added, on providing carers with a right to services to help them in their caring duties, as opposed to the right to an assessment.

Baroness Hayman said she could not anticipate the queen's speech, but the government had recognised in its carers' strategy the difficulties inherent in the current position. 'We made clear our intention to extend the powers of local authorities to provide services to carers and to introduce legislation when parliamentary time allows', she added.

The minister agreed with Lord Laming, ex-chief inspector of social services and former Hertfordshire director of social services, that every local authority should have a strategy in place to identify carers and ways of providing them with proper support and help.
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