The Minister for Children and Social Care has marked Carer's Rights Day by announcing an extra £1m in 2018/19 for local health boards to work with all partners to enhance the lives of carers.
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act gives carers an
equal right to have their needs assessed as those they care for.
Under the Act, local authorities must provide a support plan to
help carers to secure the outcomes that matter to them.
In a statement to mark Carer's Rights
Day, Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children and Social Care
said: "Unpaid carers of all ages are a valued and valuable part of
society. Undertaking 96% of care at community level, not only do
carers make a positive difference within families and communities
but also contribute more than £8billion to the Welsh economy every
The Minister said that the extra money will be for "health boards
to work collaboratively with all partners to enhance the lives of
carers in line with the priorities they have identified." As a
result of Welsh Government consultating with carers and their
representatives, they have established that the three national
priorities must be:
- Supporting life alongside caring - All carers must have
reasonable breaks from their caring role to enable them to maintain
their capacity to care, and to have a life beyond caring.
- Identifying and recognising carers - Fundamental to the success
of delivering improved outcomes for carers is the need to improve
carer's recognition of their role and to ensure they can access the
- Providing information, advice and assistance - It is important
that carers receive the appropriate information and advice where
and when they need it.
The Minister continued: "To ensure that engagement continues
with stakeholders, I am establishing a Ministerial Advisory Group.
Made up of key partners it will provide a national forum to steer
the delivery of improvements for carers and provide a cross
government response to the challenges they face.
"To support this group I can confirm that I will also allocate
£95,000 in 2018/19 to fund projects to drive forward a national
approach to delivering against the priorities. I have invited
stakeholders to a workshop in December to advise further on the
establishment of the Ministerial Advisory Group. This workshop will
be instrumental in developing proposals for nationally funded
projects in 2018/19."
Zoe Richards, Young Person and Carer's Manager, welcomed the
announcement by the Minister and said that Learning Disability
Wales supports the priorities set out.
"Week on week we speak to parents and carers who have not
received or asked for a carer's assessment. We already know the
huge contribution they make to Welsh life but know that for all
those we acknowledge and who access services there are many more
who are unaware of what support is available to them."