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LOCAL AUTHORITIES MUST BE ACCESSIBLE TO CARERS, SAYS BOTTOMLEY

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Health Secretary, Virginia Bottomley, today underlined the importance of local authorities supporting carers. 'Find...
Health Secretary, Virginia Bottomley, today underlined the importance of local authorities supporting carers. 'Finding practical ways of supporting carers is important and it is invaluable to know from carers themselves the kind of help they need. We expect health and local authorities to provide a range of local support services based on the needs of the people they serve.

On the introduction of Community Care from April Mrs Bottomley said there are good signs that users and carers are more likely to be involved in the assessment of those for whom they are caring. She said: 'There are welcome signs that some authorities are offering carers separate assessments which recognise that their circumstances are different and there is evidence that carers are getting involved in service planning.

It is vital that Local Authorities provide clear and accessible information. That is why we have commissioned a review of information on Community Care services. The results will be a useful guide for Local Authorities.
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