LGA calls for support for unpaid carers

The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for more support for unpaid carers following the publication of their white paper.

A report from Carers UK found that 62 per cent of unpaid carers had no choice in taking on their role. 

Cllr David Fothergill, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board said:  “Councils recognise the enormous contribution of unpaid carers who provide vital support for thousands of people every day. 

"Helping councils to better support unpaid carers should be a crucial part of a long-term and sustainable funding solution for social care."

He also said it "is crucial that whoever forms the next government should work to support them to continue their vital role. Investing more in early action is fundamental to ensuring someone can continue living independently in the home and community they love.”

The white paper sets out how a new relationship could be formed between central and local government. 

The new relationship should provide long-term financial certainty and empower councils, which is seen as the only way for whoever forms the next government to solve the issues facing the country.

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