‘Victory for parent carers’ as Government agrees law change

Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, Patron of HCS, has been campaigning hard for parents caring for disabled children to be included in new rights which will make it easier for carers to be assessed and supported.  We’re delighted to report that she has secured the publication of an amendment as new care legislation completes its final stages in Parliament. The Government’s decision to introduce this change is an historic moment for the rights of parent carers.

Caring for a disabled child can take a huge toll on parents’ health and wellbeing. Because of these proposed changes, local authorities will now have a duty to promote the wellbeing of parent carers when they look at the needs of families with disabled children.

For a long time it looked like parent carers would be left behind with lesser rights to assessment and support so we are delighted that the Government has listened and is taking the opportunity to recognise the huge impact that caring for a disabled child can have.

As the Care Bill streamlines and strengthens the rights of other carers, clarifying local authority responsibilities for assessing their needs and promoting their wellbeing, the Children and Families Bill will now do the same for parent carers.

This victory underlines the importance of campaigning together to bring lasting change. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this success and continue to work together to help secure other much-needed changes. Together our voice is louder.

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