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Outcome of carers strategy consultation (call for evidence) 2016

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Dear Department of Health,

The carers strategy consultation ( call for evidence) closed over a year ago but the website still states that you are analysing feedback.

This is a vitally important consultation as it is the first time carers have been able to contribute directly. Prior to this carers' views were censored by the groups/ organisations / charities, through which carers had to channel their responses.

How much progress has been made in analysing the feedback?

When will the outcome of this consultation be published?

Why has the publication of the outcome bern delayed?
Yours faithfully,

P Duffield

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Dear Mr/Ms Duffield,
 
Thank you for your correspondence of 14 September about the carers
strategy.

 

The Government remains committed to continuing to support carers to
provide care as they would wish, and to do so in a way that minimises the
detrimental impact on their own health and wellbeing, employment and other
life chances. 

 

The ageing population presents one of the nation’s most profound
challenges.  It raises critical questions as to how as a society we enable
everyone to live well into later life and how we deliver sustainable
services that support them to do so.  As you may be aware, the Queen’s
Speech announced proposals to bring forward a public consultation on
social care.  The Government is committed to listening to people’s views
on how to reform the social care system, to ensure it is sustainable for
current and future generations and that the quality of care improves.  In
view of this, it now makes sense for the Department of Health to take
stock of its work on carers and consider how best to take this forward to
make sure that work on carers and the wider work on social care for older
people complement each other.

 

The Government will want to hear a wide range of views and to work with
partners at all levels, including those who use services and who work to
provide care, as part of the forthcoming social care consultation. 
Further announcements on the timing and the scope for the consultation
will be made in due course.  Decisions on the next steps on work to
support carers will be considered as part of this wider work.  I can also
assure you that the rich range of responses the Department received
through its call for evidence on carers last year has played a major role
in shaping the Department’s thinking on carers and will continue to inform
its work in this area, as well as feeding into the consultation. 

 

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material.  As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.

 

I hope this reply is helpful.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Malcolm Jones
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health

 

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